New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson will retire from his position at the end of this year, according to a statement from Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

"The City of New Orleans will soon bid farewell to a great leader, a great partner and a great friend. After 24 years of dedicated public service to the City of New Orleans, Superintendent Shaun Ferguson will retire at the end of this year. He gave this city his very best – the safety and wellbeing of each and every resident and visitor was always his top priority," Cantrell said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ferguson was named chief by Cantrell in January 2019, Fox reports.

City Council Vice President J.P. Morrell called for Ferguson’s resignation last week as the council worked to approve the city’s $1.5 billion budget, where $25 million would go toward a police recruitment and retention incentive package.

"You can repair the hull of the Titanic over and over, but if the captain keeps driving it into an iceberg, nothing will change," Morrell said.