The finalists will be interviewed in the next two days in New Orleans by members of Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu's search committee
, according to sources familiar with the process.
The candidates with ties to the department are former NOPD Assistant Superintendent Ronal Serpas
and former Capt. Louis Dabdoub. The four others are John M. Harrington
, chief of police in St. Paul, Minn.; Bruce Preston Marquis
, chief of police in Norfolk, Va.; John R. Batiste
, chief of the Washington State Patrol and a Hammond native; and Ronald Davis
, police chief of East Palo Alto, Calif., the sources said.
Landrieu, who has called the selection of the city's next police chief the most important decision facing his administration
, has repeatedly expressed his desire to have a new leader in place for his inauguration on Monday.