NEW ORLEANS - A judge has selected the firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, to oversee the New Orleans Police Department’s Federal Consent Decree.
However, the Landrieu Administration has some concerns that the Washington, D.C. based firm will get $8.5 Million, while another firm was willing to do the work for over a million dollars less.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement following the selection, noting that the competing firm’s cost was $1.4 million less than Sheppard Mullin’s.
“We are very concerned about the taxpayers of New Orleans paying the high cost of Washington, D.C. lawyers’ billing of up to $491 an hour, plus their travel expenses and incidentals.
“Every dollar we pay a high-priced monitor is a dollar we cannot spend on more police, NORD, or fixing our streets. If the firm had met the more competitive cost of the other proposal, the City would have saved $1.4 million. That’s $1.4 million that could have instead fully funded a new NOPD recruit class of thirty for a year or an entire twelve week NORD summer swimming program, or the repair of more than 75,000 potholes. That’s why we are fighting so hard to negotiate the best value for taxpayers.
“We are particularly leery of this firm’s history of overcharging municipalities. In a separate case, a judge called Sheppard Mullin’s billing excessive and unreasonable…transcending beyond the stratosphere into deep outer space.”