NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time in 40 years, the city of New Orleans will have a new coroner. Jeffery Rouse was able to defeat Dwight McKenna in a run-off to takeover for longtime coroner Frank Minyard.
Rouse, a forensic psychiatrist, worked under a Minyard for 12 years before winning the election. Despite qualifying for an unprecedented 11th term in office, Minyard, who is 84, announced his plan to drop out of the race and retire. He later endorsed Rouse.
The election spells another disappointment for Dr. Dwight McKenna who has run against Minyard unsuccessfully in several previous elections.