Mayor Cantrell picks Col. Terry Ebbert as New Orleans Public Safety and Homeland Security Director

Don Ames
June 07, 2018 - 7:46 pm

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell has chosen Col. Terry Ebbert to be the city's new Public Safety and Homeland Security Director.

The mayor’s office announced Thursday that Ebbert has been hired to lead the department, which oversees EMS, NOFD and more public safety entities.

In announcing the hire, Cantrell said "Public safety is a top priority in the City of New Orleans. Based on the knowledge, experience and expertise of Colonel Ebbert, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person at the right time to help move our city forward from a public safety standpoint."

Ebbert, retired from the United States Marine Corps, has previous experience on the job. He  served as the Director of Homeland Security for the city from 2003-2008. In the aftermath of Katrina, he coordinated local, state and federal response for the city.

"I intend to call on my past experience with local, state and federal agencies and their leadership to provide the City of New Orleans with plans, procedures and trained organizations prepared to manage all public safety challenges for New Orleans," Ebbert said in a statement.

Originally, former police superintendent Warren Riley was offered the job, but Cantrell rescinded the offer after blowback from the community.




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