NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — It was announced Wednesday that 4 unit managers and a major in the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, were let go by Sheriff Susan Hutson. Included in the five is OPSO training director Major Robert Donnelly.

Donnelly, a 36-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, only held the position for the past two years. Four unit managers were also terminated:

  • Capt. Jerry Martin and Capt. Mark Jones at the Orleans Justice Center
  • Capt. Cathy Taylor, work at the Temporary Mental Health Unit
  • Capt. Danny Henry, at the Intake and Processing Center

“We are making a strategic realignment of certain positions to ensure that we have well-trained correctional officers who also have an opportunity to advance their careers here at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Hutson.

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Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible for this incident, as well as a motive. No additional details are currently available.

As of now, there is no replacement for Major Robert Donnelly but Hutson says she is searching for someone to fill the position full-time.