SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - With election day now less than a full 3 weeks away, we are spotlighting each of the 8 candidates running to be the mayor of Shreveport.
Shreveport businessman and Republican mayoral candidate Lee O. Savage says the first thing he’d do is replace Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump.
Just like other candidates who have mentioned replacing Chief Alan Crump, Savage tells us it is nothing personal, but instead all about increasing safety.
Shreveport now ranks 18th among the top 25 murder capitals in the country, according to 24/7 Wall Street.
“We need a new direction. We need to hire more police officers. We need to fix their pay. They’re leaving. We have them leave about 36 per year,” said Savage.
Savage also calls for increased police presence.
“We have about 120 to 175 that are on the street protecting you and I. So to me that’s not a good scenario. We need to reallocate, get more people on the street.”
Savage suggested that Shreveport may want to utilize new camera technology to curb crime, pointing to the example of Project NOLA’s New Orleans crime camera program — and using grant money to pay for it.
“If they get a 911 call, they get it and they see exactly where that came from. They can populate that up from their monitors and they can see exactly where the crime is and what’s going on.”
Savage added that once the city tackles crime, he thinks job creation will follow.
“What we want to do is get a (sic) economic development either person or a team. We want to go out and we want to flood not just the U.S. but the world.”
With a background in business management, Savage described why he’s uniquely qualified to operate city government.
“We have the department managers that all need to be reevaluated. We need to find out exactly who is doing what.” Mostly, Savage described himself as no politician, just another Shreveport taxpayer who has invested in this city - and wants to see it succeed.
On Monday at 6 p.m., we’ll hear from Republican Shreveport mayoral candidate Jim Taliaferro.