Sheriff Newell Normand trades his badge for the mic on WWL AM/FM

July 25, 2017

This guy's gonna work in the next studio over! Welcome on-board, Sheriff!!! Can ya fix our tickets?

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand is retiring from law enforcement.  He announced today that he is taking over the midday talk show on WWL Radio.

"It was a tough decision, because I love my work, my officers and the people of Jefferson parish;  but this is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up," Normand explained.  "Plus, good leaders know when it's time to move on."

The announcement comes after a 40 year career in law enforcement for Normand.  He has spent the last 37 of those years with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

"I'm satisfied that Jefferson Parish is in great shape. The crime rate hasn't been this low since 1974, and strong leadership is ready to step in and take over a great team - one I care about deeply and will miss dearly," Normand said.

Normand is going to host the show left vacant when Garland Robinette retired. 

"I always listened to Garland and admired his voice in our community.  He played a pivotal role in New Orleans' recovery & rebirth from Katrina." 

After being elected sheriff three times, Normand says he is looking forward to a new role.

"This allows me to lead in a different way,” he explained.  “These are volatile times.  People don't know what to believe, who to trust, where to turn.  I'd like to help cut through the confusion and fog.  I have a unique perspective, and WWL radio is a huge stage with so many platforms to reach people.   Together we can be a strong force for good.  My goal is simply that--to be the voice of positive change.”

He described it as the same mission as when he was sheriff, but in a  different venue.

“We'll not only make honest assessments of our cities, state and country, but our leaders… we'll demand answers."

The management at WWL Radio explained why they selected Normand.

"He's an extraordinary leader and a good man.  Newell Normand's opinion matters.  When he talks everybody listens,” explained Vice President/General Manager of Entercom Communications New Orleans Chris Claus. 

WWL Operations and Program Director Diane Newman said, "I can honestly say we surprised Sheriff Normand... Called him out of the blue one day and asked if he'd consider a career change.  It was a long shot.”

She described Normand as one of the most popular and effective leaders, a powerful man with one powerful voice. 

Garland Robinette called his replacement an inspired choice.

"I honestly thought there was no way they could pull it off.  Sheriff Newell Normand is one of the most powerful people in Louisiana.  Many thought he'd be governor one day.  Law enforcement around the country admire and consult this man.  My response to this news, honestly, is WOW!" Robinette said.

Normand will officially retire as Jefferson Parish Sheriff August 31st and take over WWL radio's 10am to 1pm time slot Monday, September 11th. 

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