The Shreveport Police Department has released the list of applicants who have been approved by the Police Civil Service Board to test to be the city's next Chief of Police.

Of the nine applicants, five are currently with the SPD. One is an ex-Shreveport officer. Another is a former member of the Bossier City Police Department and two others are law enforcement officials in south Louisiana.

The city is looking to fill the position left vacant when Ben Raymond announced his resignation in late August at the request of Mayor Adrian Perkins. Raymond took leave through November and has returned to active duty with SPD at the rank of sergeant. Assistant Chief Wayne Smith is serving as Substitute Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

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One of the hopefuls is former SPD Administrative Assistant Marcus Mitchell, who was dismissed from the force in November. Mitchell was fired for violating department rules and regulations. Despite his firing, the board, by a 6 to 3 vote, declared him eligible to test for the position.

The list of the nine approved candidates include:

Jason Frazier Shreveport Police Department
Marcus Hines Shreveport Police Department
Michael Jones Shreveport Police Department
Wayne Smith Shreveport Police Department
Michael Tyler Shreveport Police Department
Marcus Mitchell Former Shreveport Police Department
Samuel Wyatt Former Bossier Police Department
Dorian Brabham Lafayette Police Department
Kenneth Wall Sulphur Police Department

The applicants will take the test on December 9. A minimum score of 75 is required to be considered for hiring by Mayor Perkins.

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