NOPD announces the promotions of five officers to the ranks of captain, lieutenant, and sergeant.
Lieutenant Terry St. Germain was promoted to the rank of Captain and will assume command of the First District. He will replace Captain Lejon Roberts, who is moving over to lead the NOPD Special Operations Division.
Sergeant Merrill Merricks is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He will move from the Office of Community Engagement to the Recruiting Division.
Additionally, three officers are promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Sergeant Tierney Clay will move from the Sixth District to the Fourth District.
Sergeant Joseph Moore-Hazelette will move from ISB Narcotics to the Third District.
Sergeant Kenyatta Phillips will move from the Fourth District to the Sixth District.
Captain Jeff Walls, who was assigned to the Eighth District, has retired to accept the position of Chief of Police in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Captain Hans Ganthier will be transferred from the leadership of the NOPD Education and Training Academy to assume command of the Eighth District.
Captain Daryl Albert will move from his leadership role at the Special Operations Division to the top spot at the Academy.
“First, I want to thank Captain Walls for his excellent service to NOPD and the citizens of New Orleans,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “The fact that departments around the country are looking to NOPD for their leadership shows they recognize we are leading the way in Constitutional policing reforms.”
“The departure of Captain Walls, while a big loss for NOPD, has opened up opportunities for others to advance their careers and assume larger leadership roles within the department and shows there is opportunity to advance their law enforcement careers.”