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Aug 18, 2014 6:54 PM by Dave Fields

Retiring NOPD Supt. Serpas to teach at Loyola University

Retiring New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas may have just announced his decision to step down, but he's already lined up an income to supplement his pension.

The police chief, who already possesses a post-baccalaureate degree, has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Criminal Justice at Loyola University of New Orleans, according to the university.

According to a release from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marc Manganaro, Serpas will return "to Loyola's faculty after teaching graduate and undergraduate courses from 1993 to 2001." In addition to serving as police chief in New Orleans, Serpas held the same post in Nashville and Washington State Patrol.

"Serpas' more than 30 years of experience will offer our students the real-world understanding needed to prepare them for careers ranging from police and correctional officers to FBI agents and U.S. Marshals. I want to extend my thanks to William Thornton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, for his efforts to facilitate Serpas joining the faculty," Manganaro's letter reads.

The university says that the faculty position Serpas will assume is not a new position, but "a replacement position because of recent openings due to attrition in the Department of Criminal Justice."



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