After the 2 previous Commanders - Albert was a breath of fresh air in the 2nd District.
Uptown Messager clip below
After little more than a year directing more than 100 officers in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, Commander Darryl Albert was chosen Friday as the interim replacement for a deputy chief who abruptly retired this week, authorities said.
A 20-year veteran of the department who previously led the department’s SWAT team, Albert was assigned to lead the Second District in June 2010, the only district to receive a new captain in Superintendent Ronal Serpas’ first round of departmental reorganizations. In April, he was one of 16 captains promoted to Serpas’ new classification of commander.
Lt. Mike Montalbano, Albert’s second-in-command in the Second District, will serve as the interim commander. Montalbano, who has also served in the department 20 years, has led the Second District’s investigative unit since prior to Albert’s arrival.
In the wake of Deputy Chief Marlon Defillo’s retirement Thursday following charges of neglect of duty in the death of Henry Glover, Serpas said he will continue assessing leadership in the department before making permanent appointments.
Another Times Picayune Notice on this change:
New Orleans police Superintendent Ronal Serpas on Friday named Commander Darryl Albert acting assistant superintendent, filling the department's second-highest position left vacant after the abrupt retirement of former Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo.
Defillo retired Thursday amid scrutiny of his failure to investigate allegations that police killed Henry Glover and burned his body in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Albert, who has been with the department for more than 20 years, was named 2nd District commander last June. Lt. John Montalbano, a 20-year veteran, will oversee the district, which includes Uptown, Gert Town and a portion of Hollygrove, during Albert's time at NOPD headquarters.
Serpas will evaluate assistant superintendent candidates from within the department, an NOPD spokeswoman said. Police provided no definite time frame as to when Serpas will name a permanent replacement.