SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – A little more than a month before his three year anniversary, Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn is leaving his post to become a U.S. Marshal for the western district of Louisiana.
"I've achieved a dream," said Whitehorn.
Whitehorn stood before the city council Tuesday and said his final goodbyes after word came down that he Senate had confirmed Whitehorn's nomination.
"I really appreciate everything you have done. And everything you have meant to the city," said Calvin Lester, Shreveport City Council member.
Whitehorn was Shreveport's first black police chief and was nominated for the position by the United State's first black president. That was something that makes this opportunity more meaningful to the chief.
"I'm humbled by it and I'm honored that I was selected."
Mayor Cedric Glover is in the midst of filling Whitehorn's position. Already, 17 applicants have taken a civil service exam. That number has narrowed to 11 candidates who will begin the interviewing process on Wednesday. Glover said he wants to have a person in place by July 2nd, which is Whitehorn's last day, but the Chief is taking a leave of absence and his seat will vacate starting June 28th.
"I'm going to take about a week off, try to reflect a little bit and be prepared for the next journey."