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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Police and community members in New Orleans mourn as it was announced a former NOPD official passed away.

On Wednesday, March 9, the NOPD tweeted regarding the death of former Superintendent Warren Woodfork Sr.

Woodfork, who served as Superintendent from 1985 to 1991, was the NOPD’s first African-American to serve in the position.

Former Mayor of New Orleans, Sidney Bartholemew had nothing but good things to say about Woodfork.

“I thought he was a great Chief. A hardworking, very concerned about what was happening in the city. Understood the department and had all the respect of the men and women. Dealt with the early impacts of the crack cocaine epidemic.

Sidney Bartholemew, Former Mayor of New Orleans

Woodfork died at the age of 85.