Mayor Issues Statement About Police Chief Search
The controversy over hiring a police chief in Shreveport is still the hottest topic in town. Mayor Adrian Perkins has issued this statement about the process:
My top priority as Mayor is public safety. Selecting the individual who will lead the Shreveport Police Department is a matter I take seriously. I promised to assemble a Police Chief search committee during the campaign because I wanted input from law enforcement and legal experts. I am looking for a candidate committed to community-oriented policing and an innovative leader who can work with a constrained budget.
I have spoken to each member of the search committee since they submitted their three recommendations. While I am disappointed that the committee's recommendation went public before I had an opportunity to deliberate, I appreciate their willingness to serve. I have heard the concerns of Shreveport citizens and City Council members. These concerns will factor into my final decision. I have interviewed the three candidates submitted by the committee and will continue to contemplate my options.
This is a decision that will impact the City of Shreveport for years to come. It requires much thought, counsel, and prayer. I approached this process prudently and I intend to conclude it that way.
There is no indication from the Mayor if he plans to interview Ben Raymond for the Chief's job. Raymond has been serving as substitute chief all year.
City Councilman James Flurry talked with us about the process and says he has serious questions.