New Orleans, La. --- A high-ranking NOPD official will leave his position at the end of the week and join the district attorney's office.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. named NOPD Deputy Superintendent Kirk Bouyelas as chief investigator at the DA's office. Cannizzaro said Bouyelas is uniquely qualified to bring local law enforcement together.

'In his current assignment with the police department, he directs the Multi-Agency Gang unit,' Cannizzaro says. 'Not only has the unit played a significant role in the recent reduction of murders, but also this unit embodies the cooperation and collaboration between local, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.'

Bouyelas is expected to officially retire from the NOPD on Friday.

NOPDSuperintendent Ronal Serpas said the fact that Bouyelas will still be part of the criminal justice system is a plus.

'Throughout his 32 years of service to the people of New Orleans, Kirk Bouyelas has been a true leader within the New Orleans Police Department. We congratulate Kirk on his new opportunity and look forward to the continued partnership between the NOPD and the District Attorney's Office.'

The Chief Investigator at the DA's office postion was previously held by Howard Robertson, who passed away earlier this year. Deputy Chief Brian Lapeyrolerie was serving as interim chief but has since accepted a position with another local agency.

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