CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A New Orleans news outlet is reporting that Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen is being considered as the city's new Superintendent of Police.
WDSU quoted sources, who said Mullen is one of three contenders. They say former FBI Special Agent In Charge Jim Bernazzani and former NOPD captain Louis Dabdoub are also in the running.
Chief Mullen released a statement Sunday evening:
"I learned today that several Charleston news outlets are reporting that sources in New Orleans have named me as a possible candidate for the position of Superintendent of Police in the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans Police Department is one of the 56 major city police agencies in the United States and if considered, I would view it as an honor.
However, I am already serving in one of the best US cities and with a group of dedicated and committed law enforcement professionals who are working hard to make our community and State the best place to live and visit. I am proud to lead the Charleston Police Department and look forward to our continued success. We have made great strides in the past three years and are working on other exciting initiatives that will further improve the ability to serve our community. I also realize that if I were considered, it would be because of the exceptional accomplishments achieved by the hard work of the outstanding men and women of the Charleston Police Department.
My family and I love Charleston and feel very blessed to live and work in such a wonderful City. Therefore, I have not applied for nor spoken with anyone associated with the search currently being conducted by the City of New Orleans.
Any questions relating to this matter, should be directed to the City of New Orleans."
The current New Orleans Superintendent of Police will leave with Mayor Ray Nagin in early May. Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu says he will name a new Superintendent as soon as possible.
Chief Mullen has been with the Charleston Police Department since October 2006.