LaToya Cantrell’s New Pick For EMS Director Is Unqualified For The Post

The trainwreck that is New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s transition continues on. The latest demonstration of incompetence by Cantrell is her selection of a new EMS Director. It turns out that Cantrell’s new EMS Director has never held an administrative position.


Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s new Emergency Medical Services director, Dr. Emily Nichols, has no administrative experience and no experience running a fast-expanding department.

Nichols does have experience responding to emergencies, but those are confined to the emergency room. She is an ER physician at Ochsner Health System specializing in pediatric care and completed her residency in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia. She was chief resident during her final year at Kings County Hospital in New York.

When Cantrell’s transition team was asked whether Nichols had emergency management, EMS or administrative experience, they sent an email saying, “Dr. Nichols has roughly 10 years of emergency medical training in places like New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans.” | The Times-Picayune asked for a copy of Nichols’ resume but the transition team has not yet responded to that request.

If I was the Times-Picayune, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that resume. Something tells us that it won’t be forthcoming.

Cantrell though says Nichols is qualified. Just what are those qualifications? Here’s what Cantrell said.

Cantrell cited Nichols’ emergency room job as qualifying experience for running a city department with 165 people, 65,000 calls for service and managing a fleet of ambulances and rescue boats. The city’s EMS director also requires a medical degree because the department leader also serves as medical director.


Nichols is not qualified to run this post, no matter what Cantrell says. She has no relevant administrative experience. Her inexperience is likely to get someone killed.

Cantrell’s appointment of Nichols follows her appointment of Norman White as the city’s CFO. White was the failed CFO of Detroit under its former corrupt mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.

Exit question: who will be the first member of the Cantrell administration to go to prison? Don’t get us wrong, we expect nearly the entire administration to be imprisoned for corruption. We just want to know which unlucky bastard will be the first.

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