NEW ORLEANS - The NOPD has hired an 18-year veteran of the Civil Service Commission to help oversee the federally-mandated reforms of the department.
Jay Ginsberg, who has heard trials and made recommendations for the commission for nearly two decades, will serve as a deputy superintendent under Chief Ronal Serpas.
"Jay Ginsberg will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the NOPD as he has been the Hearing Examiner/Administrative Judge and Attorney Advisor to the Civil Service Commission for the past 18 years," said Serpas. "Jay will ensure all Consent Decree requirements are met by the department in the most efficient, effective manner possible."
The Civil Service Commission approved the addition of the position.
The city will also pay an outside firm - Sheppard Mullin - to keep an eye on the efforts. A federal judge will ultimately determine if the decree's mandates are being completed.
The position will last for a year and then be reviewed.
The Fraternal Order of Police said it is concerned about the cost of the position since they believe there are captains, already in the department, capable of doing the job.
Raymond Burkart III, an attorney for the FOP, told the New Orleans Advocate: “We believe — no disrespect against Mr. Ginsberg — that the Civil Service Commission made the wrong decision on the taxpayers’ dime,” said Raymond Burkart III, an attorney for the FOP.