New Orleans commander named Montgomery police chief

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed introduced Darryl Albert as the new police chief Monday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 9:41 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2022 at 3:59 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The city of Montgomery has announced the name of its new police chief. According to Mayor Steven Reed, Darryl Albert will be at the department’s helm.

Reed formally introduce Albert to the public during a news conference Monday.

Tony Garrett with Crimestoppers discussed Darryl Albert being named new MPD chief. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

According to the city, Albert brings more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and most recently served as commander of the Special Operations Division of the New Orleans Police Department. During his time in New Orleans, Albert held several positions, including Deputy Chief of Field Operations, the largest Bureau within New Orleans Police Department, Commander of NOPD Crime laboratory, and commander of criminal investigations division for homicide.

According to the city, Albert also served twice as Deputy Superintendent for two different administrations.

The city said Albert led units that “slashed” New Orleans’ murder rate while significantly reducing instances of violent crime. He was also instrumental in leading city-wide recovery efforts preparation, deployment, and recovery efforts amid Hurricane Katrina and other major storm and emergency events.

In February, Reed extended the employment offer to Albert, noting that he was an “exceptional candidate,” and the city was “very lucky” to have him. He described Albert as a good fit for the city and will bring trust and transparency to MPD.

Reed added that Albert has a plan to address the uptick in crime in Montgomery.

Albert earned a master’s degree in the study of Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Internal Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson released the following statement on Albert’s new position:

“We want to congratulate Captain Daryl Albert on being hired as Chief of Police in Montgomery, Ala. He has served NOPD with distinction and we wish him well. While this is a significant loss for NOPD, it also shows this department is recognized around the country as a leader in implementing the Constitutional policing reforms demanded by the citizens of this country.”

The hunt for the city’s newest police chief began after the city announced the resignation of former Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finely in June.

Albert will start on March 28. According to Griffith Waller, his salary is $180,721.

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