Gusman Looking As Chief Corrections Deputy Leaves New Orleans

GRETNA, LA (AP) — Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is looking for a new official to supervise changes at the city jail. The changes — and the position — are part of a consent decree requiring improvements.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Danny Monteverde reports that Gusman released a brief statement Friday evening saying Chief Corrections Deputy Michael Tidwell was leaving for a position in Escambia County, FL, similar to his job here. He's been in charge of analyzing and reviewing jail operations.

         Tidwell joined the Sheriff's Office in September 2013 after six years as chief of corrections in Orange County, FL.

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         Gusman said a search for Tidwell's interim and permanent replacement has begun.

         A new 1,438-bed jail is supposed to open in early 2015.

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