Capt. Lejon Roberts will leave his post as commander of the NOPD First District, the New Orleans Police Department announced in a news release on Friday. He will soon take the reins of the Special Operations Division.
Terry St. Germain, recently promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, will assume command of the First District, which includes Treme and Mid-City.
St. Germaine has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including stints as a homicide detective and as a supervisor in the Intelligence Division, Homeland Security Division, and Compliance Division, according to his LinkedIn page. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans.
Roberts, who has served as District One since 2019, previously served in the Special Operations Division’s Tactical/SWAT unit and in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Districts. In the first district, he regularly gave out his cell phone number at community meetings and urged residents to call the police department with concerns.
Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, Illinois, and is an instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Leadership in Police Organizations training and development program.
The change of command will be marked by the departure of the Eighth District Commander, Capt. Jeffrey Walls, who has taken a position as Chief of Police in Alaska. Capt. Hans Ganthier – commander of the First District from 2015 to 2019 who currently directs the Police Academy – will oversee the Eighth District.
Captain Daryl Albert, in charge of Special Operations, was selected to take over from Ganthier at the Academy and Roberts was selected to fill his position with Special Operations.