NOPD Deputy Superintendent Robert Bardy retires; 2nd District Cmdr. Paul Noel to replace him _lowres

Photo provided by NOPD -- Deputy Superintendent Robert Bardy

The New Orleans Police Department announced Wednesday that Deputy Superintendent Robert Bardy, the department’s second-in-command, will retire Sunday after 41 years.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison has picked Cmdr. Paul Noel, the 2nd District commander, to assume Bardy’s post as commander of the Field Operations Bureau.

Harrison elevated Bardy, longtime commander of the violence-plagued 6th District, which includes Central City, to be his top deputy last year.

Prior to his nine years in the 6th, Bardy held various roles in the department, from narcotics enforcement to the Mounted Division. He joined the force as a recruit in 1974, a news release said.

Noel, commander of the 2nd District in Uptown New Orleans since 2012, was tapped recently by Harrison to lead a task force investigating hundreds of sex crime reports for which New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s office found investigative reports lacking.

Earlier, in 2010 and 2011, Noel was credited with clearing a backlog of some 800 untested rape kits sitting on shelves in NOPD evidence rooms.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said no date has been set for Noel’s official elevation.

“Our No. 1 priority is making our city safe and rebuilding this department, and I am thankful for the hard work that Deputy Chief Bardy has put into making that happen,” Harrison said in a statement. “His passion for the NOPD and the New Orleans community is unmatched.”