NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since the runoff election, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell stood side by side, starting the transition of power from one administration to the next.
"We have a five month transition period and we will use it wisely and definitely effectively."
Arguably the most important issues Cantrell will have to address first are combating crime and the needs of the New Orleans Police Department.
"Right now the resources are where we lack most," Donovan Livaccari, spokesperson with the Fraternal Order of Police, said.
Its resources and manpower the local Fraternal Order of Police believe are crucial to reducing crime throughout the city.
The Union supported Cantrell's opponent Desiree Charbonnet during the campaign.
"It's crucial that this incoming administration get a hold on the growth of the police department as well as the crime problems that we have around the city and I think that she's prepared to do that," Livaccari said.
Despite the lack of support from the union, Cantrell says her first step will be to listen to their concerns and values their input.
"This is not about who was on what side, that's behind us now. And it has to be about how we're going to move this city forward together, and I plan to lead by example on that," Cantrell said.
Another burning question is who will Cantrell appoint as fire and police chief? NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison recently expressed interest in keeping his job.
"I absolutely would love to be in this job Thanksgiving next year," Chief Harrison said Monday.
While Cantrell has stated in numerous debates her plans on searching nationally for leadership roles, keeping Fire Chief Tim McConnell and Chief Harrison in office, she says, is not out of the question.
"I think that we owe them that. Right!? They are boots on the ground right now and they are providing effective leadership and they definitely will be considered," Cantrell said.
"I would hope that Ms. Cantrell would consider whatever options are available to her and we really need somebody who is going to be a professional administrator in law enforcement," Livaccari said.
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