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On November 29, 2022, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Request for Documents to the former Superintendent of Police, Shaun D. Ferguson. The Request for Documents included any policies, standard operating procedures and threat assessments involving the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers assigned to the Mayor’s Executive Protection Team (EPT) during the period January 1, 2018 to November 29, 2022. On December 23, 2022, the City Attorney’s Office responded to this Request for Records on behalf of your office and stated:

NOPD does not have responsive records regarding Threat Assessments, Security Plans, Critical Incident Response Plans and Training, and Site Surveys related to operations completed by the Mayor’s Detail.

The OIG recommends that the City relinquish the apartment to the French Market Corporation to rent to the public. This would ensure that the City receives a benefit equivalent to the fair market value from this high demand property. The OIG is an independent agency and will continue to facilitate the efficient and effective utilization of the City’s limited resources as we identify and mitigate risks facing the City.

On April 27, 2022, the New Orleans City Council adopted Resolution No. R-22-203 requesting that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigate monies being awarded to nongovernmental agencies through one-year Cooperative Endeavor Agreements, including public monies diverted to Forward Together New Orleans (FTNO).

On February 9, 2023, the City responded to this request and confirmed that a cashier’s check dated January 27, 2023, in the amount $1,063,410.40 was received from FTNO.

The purpose of this letter is to advise of the risks associated with the selection of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent without a national search conducted by an independent subject-matter expert. A national search and appointment of the most qualified candidate will protect our most valuable resources, our citizens and guests.

The Sewerage & Water Board’s huge operating budget and multi billion dollar capital program makes it as financially significant as the rest of city government combined. After five years of OIG reports that confirmed the S&WB;’s poor performance and wasteful and inefficient practices, I reaffirm the same recommendation I made in 2012: New Orleans needs to return the S&WB; to city control; the Sewerage & Water Department should report to the mayor like all the other departments. Oversight can then be improved through policy and citizens dissatisfied with the S&WB; could complain at the polls when they received poor services. The outcome would likely be well worth the effort. There is no risk in changing the status quo because independence has failed miserably for most of a century.

The New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) wrote to Mayor Ray Nagin and urged the City not to sign a contract with le Triomphe Property Group, LLC to redevelop the Municipal Auditorium. The Inspector General found that the contract posed serious financial risks for the City. Instead, the OIG recommended the City continue to work with FEMA to ensure that maximum possible reimbursement for the restoration of the Municipal Auditorium.
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