SPD Chief Selection Committee: Was the Process Flawed? [VIDEO]
101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty talk about the criticisms of Councilman James Flurry - and others - about the process by which the eight person committee selected by Mayor Adrian Perkins picked their top three candidates to be Shreveport's next police chief.
Flurry, in a KEEL interview Tuesday, used the terms " hatchet job" and "conspiracy" in giving his opinion of the committee's three choices, SPD Lt. Tedris Smith, Assistant Chief Wayne Smith and SPD Sergeant Michael Carter. Interim Chief Ben Raymond, considered to be the leading candidate, was not on the panel's list.
But other problems have surfaced, including anonymous reports that some committee member failed to name their top three candidates, instead naming only one or two.
Mayor Perkins who has spoken with all eight committee members, has also interviewed the three finalists. The Mayor's next move is to pass his selection on to the City Council, where a majority of votes (4) is necessary to name Shreveport's next top cop.