Shreveport’s Mayor Makes Pick For New Chief Of Police
After some tough weeks of testing, interviews, and social media outcry, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins has announced his choice for Shreveport's new Chief of Police.
At his afternoon press conference, Mayor Perkins named Substitute Police Chief Ben Raymond as his choice to be Shreveport's next Police Chief.
During the process, Mayor Perkins put together an advisory committee, who interviewed all of the candidates that made it through the civil service exam portion. That committee put forward three names, Sgt. Michael Carter, Lt. Tedris Smith, and Assistant Police Chief Wayne Smith.
After Mayor Perkins' advisory committee submitted their list of finalists, Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman (who was on the advisory committee, and had a vote already) added Substitute Police Chief Ben Raymond to the list of finalists. Bowman was allowed to do so because he was acting as Mayor Pro Tem while Mayor Perkins was out of the state. The move evoked outcry across circles in Shreveport and Caddo Parish.