Friday, February 15, 2013

City selects evaluation committee for consent decree monitor contract

Posted by on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The city of New Orleans has submitted to federal court a list of candidates for an evaluation committee that will help to select a company to serve as a federal monitor over implementation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) consent decree.

The contract is estimated to be worth about $10 million over the course of the consent decree, among the largest anticipated costs for the $55 million reform agreement. Unless Judge Susie Morgan modifies the deadline, the city and the DOJ must select a contractor within 90 days of the consent decree's Jan. 11 approval. That puts the date at April 11.

The city is appealing the approval, and has moved to vacate the consent decree. It had moved to delay implementation until Morgan had a chance to rule on the motion to vacate. That won't come until after March 13, the scheduled motion date. Morgan, however, denied a delay.

As stated in a footnote to today's filing, the city is submitting to Morgan's order to select the committee only because it was order to, and it "does not waive any of the arguments set forth in its Motion to Stay and Memorandum in Support Thereof by filing this Memorandum."

The city's evaluation committee:

Andrew Kopplin, First Deputy Mayor/Chief Administrative Officer, City of New Orleans
Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor/Chief of Staff to Mayor, City of New Orleans
Norman Foster, Chief Financial Officer, City of New Orleans
Daniel V. Cazenave, New Orleans Police Department, Superintendent’s Office
Erica N. Beck, Chief Deputy City Attorney, City of New Orleans

Read the U.S. Department of Justice's evaluation committee candidates: FedsEval.pdf

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