NEW ORLEANS — Two NOPD officials are leaving the force for new positions with the Baltimore Police Department.

Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Melancon and Deputy Superintendent for Compliance Danny Murphy’s last days with NOPD will be March 29.

Melancon will assume the role of Chief of Staff in Baltimore and Murphy will transition into a leadership position overseeing compliance with that department’s federal consent decree.

Both positions still require approval from Baltimore officials.

“The progress NOPD has made since the implementation of the federal consent decree would not have been possible without Eric Melancon and Danny Murphy,” NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said. “While we certainly don’t want them to leave, we wish them well and thank them for all they have done.”

Ferguson said he is confident in the qualified candidates within the NOPD and promoting from within will allow the force to “continue to fulfill its obligations under the federal consent decree without slowing the continuing progress the department is making.”

Murphy's and Melancon's transition to Baltimore comes after former NOPD Chief Michael Harrison retired in January and went to lead Baltimore's force.  

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