St. Tammany Parish Public Schools superintendent, has been named 2009 state Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives. Sloan has worked in the St. Tammany system for 37 years and served in a number of positions including teacher, principal, supervisor of elementary instruction and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. In 2003, the St. Tammany School Board named Sloan the parish's public schools chief.
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
have seen their documentary, Trouble the Water, placed on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' shortlist of candidates for the 2008 Academy Awards category of best feature documentary. The film follows Kimberly and Scott Roberts as they ride out Hurricane Katrina in the attic of their Ninth Ward home, recording the manmade disaster on Kimberly's camcorder. The film has already garnered several awards, including best documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
NOPD Chief Warren Riley
blamed a former police captain, Danny Lawless, for the fact that $19,000 was missing from the department's evidence room — even though Lawless had tried to warn Riley about the problems. Lawless, who was in charge of the evidence room when the missing funds were secured there, showed The Times-Picayune weekly memos he had sent to top NOPD brass noting the evidence room's lax security, staffing shortages and a request for a meeting with Riley. The meeting never occurred.
Captain Leatrice Warren,
formerly the highest-ranking campus security officer at Southern University in New Orleans, used marked police cars and drivers to perform personal errands while on the clock, claimed 1,900 hours of overtime pay for herself from 2006-2008 and committed other infractions, according to a state inspector general's report. The report recommended that Warren be fired. After the report was issued, Warren resigned.