Apr 28, 2010 11:53 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

New Orleans: Two Confirmed Trying for Police Chief

 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The police chiefs for Nashville and for
Washington State confirm that they're candidates for the police
chief's job in New Orleans.
      Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and Nashville Police
Chief Ronal Serpas are originally from southeast Louisiana -
Batiste from Hammond and Serpas from New Orleans.
      Batiste has headed Washington's largest law enforcement agency
since 2005. He was previously a deputy chief for the Port of
Seattle and assistant chief in Tacoma, along with a 26-year career
at the State Patrol.
      Serpas was the New Orleans Police Department's top administrator
when he left in 2001 to become chief of the Washington State
Patrol. He has been Nashville's chief for six years.


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