NOPD commander dies hours after retirement announced

Department just announced Doug Eckert's retirement due to "health reasons"

Thomas Perumean
June 11, 2019 - 8:55 am

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Second District Commander Douglas Eckert, who just retired from the New Orleans Police Department, has died, according to a social media post from the New Orleans District Attorney's Office. 

"New Orleans suffered another huge loss Monday night with the passing of Cmdr. Doug Eckert, truly one of NOPD’s finest," the Facebook post said. "He served our city with integrity, compassion and dignity until the very end while waging a courageous battle against cancer."

The 22-year veteran previously commanded the high profile Criminal Investigative Division, which oversaw Homicide, Special Victims, Property Crimes and Juvenile sections, and the Crime Lab and Evidence Division.

Superintendent Shaun Ferguson lauded Eckert stating, “I cannot say enough about the outstanding career Commander Doug Eckert has had in the NOPD. He has been a trusted friend, mentor, peer and exceptional professional throughout his law enforcement career. He is the epitome of what it means to be a law enforcement officer.”

According to The New Orleans Advocate, Eckert had a reputation as an officer and administrator able to take on difficult positions and task and get results.  

Eckert began in 1997 as a recruit and hit the streets the next year.  In 2002 he was promoted to Sergeant and ten years later he assumed the rank of Lieutenant.  Two years later Eckert was named Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.  

Eckert’s retirement brought about a shift in leadership in two of the NOPD’s field operations districts.

Ryan Lubrano, Lieutenant Commander of the Homicide Unit, has been promoted to Commander and will oversee operations of Third District.  

Third District Commander Jeff Walls will now oversee operations in the NOPD’s Second District.  

Speaking of the officers, Superintendent Ferguson said, “Promoting Ryan Lubrano to the rank of Commander was a natural selection.  He has had an outstanding career in the NOPD and was an excellent candidate for promotion. I know he will be a great fit in this new assignment leading our Third District, as will Commander Jeff Walls in his move to command our Second District operations.”

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