SHREVEPORT, LA - Things got testy during the Bossier City Charter Study Commission meeting on Tuesday. The nastiness centers on the term limit debate that has been raging in Bossier City for a couple of years.

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The City Council and the Mayor appointed members to the Charter Commission to take a look at the charter and make recommendations for changes. Last week, the panel voted 4-3 to add term limits to the city charter. This proposal would limit members of the council and the mayor to 3 consecutive terms. It would be retroactive to include current members.

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The Charter says any items approved by the Charter Commission "shall" be sent to the voters of Bossier City for approval. Groups supporting term limits are confident voters in Bossier City will vote in support of term limits.

Some Members Want to Revote

Things got sideways this week when the Secretary of the Charter Commission Sandra Morehart sent out a proposed agenda which would revisit the term limit issue. But Chairman Preston Friedley did not want that item on the agenda. He does not believe it would be appropriate for a new voter on the matter. He says the panel is on a tight timeline and has several matters to handle.

It's really hard to describe how nasty things got during the Tuesday meeting.

Here's the video of the meeting if you can bear to watch this debacle.

Who Is on the Bossier Charter Commission?


  • Vicky Whitman (appointed by Councilman Vince Maggio)4308 Benton Road
    Bossier City, LA 71111
  • Lisa Wilhite (appointed by Councilman Jeff Free)
    116 Deer Chase Point
    Bossier City, LA 71111

  • Chairman- Preston Friedley (appointed by Councilman Chris Smith)
    5004 Oak Alley Boulevard
    Bossier City, LA 71112

  • Vice Chairman- Shane Cheatham (appointed by Mayor Tommy Chandler)
    923 Rossie Lee Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71112

  • Lee Jeter, Sr. (appointed by Mayor Tommy Chandler)
    400 Columbia Circle
    Bossier City, LA 71112

  • David Johnson (appointed by Councilman Brian Hammons)
    4609 General Ewell Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71112

  • Julianna Parks (appointed by Councilman David Montgomery)
    18 Stonehaven Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71111

  • Secretary- Sandra Morehart (appointed by Councilman Don Williams)
    1317 Whitehall Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71112

  • Panderina Soumas (appointed by Councilman Jeff Darby)
    4517 Donnie Avenue
    Bossier City, LA 71111

Another meeting is planned for Thursday evening.


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