HARVEY, La.- Longtime Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office public information officer John Fortunato says he has retired from the force and will run for sheriff.

Earlier in the day, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto announced that John Fortunato has resigned.

Fortunato is expected to make a formal announcement sometime Tuesday.

Lopinto is currently serving as interim sheriff after the retirement of former Sheriff Newell Normand.

"Public information officer is a demanding job and important to the operations of the JPSO. Johnny has served this department for many years and we're grateful. We wish him well," Lopinto said in a statement Tuesday.

Lopinto took over as Jefferson Parish Sheriff after Newell Normand retired to take a position with WWL Radio. Lopinto has already said he will be running for Sheriff in the next election.