Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed will leave his position as deputy mayor for public safety and director of the city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at the end of this week to become an adviser for the Orleans Parish Communications District, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office announced Tuesday.
The Communications District is the administrative office of the city’s 911 emergency services.
Sneed’s replacement has not been named. Deputy Director Aaron Miller will serve as interim director of the Homeland Security Office until a replacement is found.
As deputy mayor for public safety, Sneed has overseen the operations of the city’s Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Office and Youth Study Center.
In his new job, he will advise the communications district on how to consolidate emergency communications for the NOPD, NOFD and EMS into a single operation, the city said. The agencies now operate independently.
Sneed will continue to be a city employee and will keep his current $147,020 salary, a city spokesman said.
“In his capacity as deputy mayor of public safety for the last five years, Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed performed an exemplary job coordinating the city’s public safety departments,” Landrieu said in a statement.
Sneed retired from a 32-year career in the Marine Corps on Sept. 1, 2005, three days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. After volunteering with the city’s hurricane recovery effort in the Lower 9th Ward, he was appointed by then-Mayor Ray Nagin as director of the city’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.
He was one of six deputy mayors named by Landrieu shortly after Landrieu took office in May 2010.