Shreveport Mayor-Elect Chooses Key Team Members
Shreveport Mayor-Elect Tom Arceneaux has named 3 key members to his team as he prepares to take over at city hall on December 31st.
Arceneaux has named Tom Dark as his interim Chief Administrative Officer. Dark has served in several administrations and has been through 6 transitions. He says some of them went really well and some of them did not go all that well. He says " this one's going to go well. We've got experienced people from day one." Dark adds "you only get so many days to be Mayor. The whole idea was not to waste the first 100 days waiting for the next person to show up." Dark says he's been retired for 14 years and he is not really interested in taking this on permanently. But he did says "you never say never."
Shericka Fields Jones will be interim finance director. She has served in the past two administrations but resigned from city hall in 2020. She has previously served in the finance department and as assistant CAO before being named Chief Financial Officer by Adrian Perkins. She has degrees in finance along with an MBA and has an extensive financial background.
Zelda Tucker will be interim City Attorney. She will serve part time as Arceneaux works to find a full time City Attorney.
Arceneaux wants to have a team in place so he can hit the ground running. Fields Jones says she has already started to look at the budget. Will she be interested in serving as the city's Finance Director? She says she will not rule that out.
Once Arceneaux finds his choices for permanent positions, he will bring those candidates before the City Council for confirmation.
Arceneaux and the new City Council will be sworn in on December 31.
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