OPCD Executive Director Tyrell Morris Announces His Resignation

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 (New Orleans, LA, Monday, June 26, 2023) – Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD)  Executive Director Tyrell Morris has announced his resignation from his position, effective September 15, 2023. The decision has been months in the making and has been made with careful consideration. 

“For over six years I have served OPCD and the City of New Orleans with my entire being. We have managed through many disasters, challenges and now OPCD is seen as an international model in emergency and non-emergency communications. We have been the developing ground for technologies that now makes our entire nation safer, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work our heroes do each and every day,” said Morris. 

“We managed through a global pandemic, assisting in feedings 11,000 people per day and scheduled over 30,000 people for vaccinations.  We have answered over 7 million calls for service.  We consolidated 3-1-1 services, making government available to our people 24/7.  We will soon launch a city-wide law enforcement records management system that will totally change the landscape of public safety.  Finally, we have received $34 million from the state legislative to fund our expansion project to include the first of its kind, public safety childcare facility,” he added. 

Beginning his career in public safety 21 years ago, Morris has called New Orleans and the OPCD home for the past six years and is proud of his accomplishments in his short tenure. Though many have asked what is next, Morris is still figuring out what his future steps are. He does plan to spend time with family and friends, as well as pursue a doctoral degree. 

 “It has been my utmost honor to lead this organization but, it has come with damaging challenges. I have often publicly shared that we don’t talk about leadership wellness enough and how we treat each deeply affects how we feel and how we lead. So, it is time for me to refocus on loving and building myself. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we are no good to anyone. Thank you New Orleans, OPCD Board and Staff, Mayor Cantrell and my family,” said Morris.