SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - All 23 candidates seeking to become Shreveport's next Fire Chief have cleared their first major hurdle - passing the Civil Service exam.
The Mayor's Office received the results Wednesday morning after they were certified by the Civil Service board. A minimum score of 75 is required by the state for an applicant to be considered for the position, which opened up when current Fire Chief Brian Crawford was picked to be the city's Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.
Former Assistant CAO Rick Seaton was fired in late December amid a criminal investigation involving allegations of sexual assault. A young woman claims Seaton raped her in city offices after the Independence Bowl. Seaton is charged with forcible rape. He has pleaded not guilty.
For now, Brian Crawford remains in his position as Shreveport Fire Chief. He is expected to retire from the department once his replacement has been selected.
The Shreveport Fire Police Civil Service Board approved 30 applicants in March for the Chief's job. 23 took test in April (results below). All come from within the Shreveport Fire Department.
Rod Richardson with the Mayor's Office says there is no set timeline for the Mayor Glover to begin interviews and select a candidate.
93 - Wolverton, Edwin - Chief of Special Operations
91 - Sanders, Fredrick - Assistant to the Fire Chief
90 - Self, Thomas - Deputy Chief
89 - Cash, Todd - Captain
89 - Cook, Michael - Captain
89 - Johnson, Louis - Chief of Training
89 - Prator, Jon - Training Officer
88 - Mulford, Ronald - Captain
88 - Allen, Geoffrey - Training Officer
87 - Guastella, Mark - Battalion Chief
87 - Pinkston, Charles - Captain
84 - Mendenhall, Raymond - Captain
84 - Hall, James - Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention
84 - Wooten, Timothy - Captain
83 - Lane, John - Training Officer
82 - Hunt, George - Firefighter
81 - Johnson, Tracy - Training Officer
81 - Casey, Roderick - Captain
81 - Foster, Kerry - Battalion Chief
81 - Robinson, Harold - Recruitment Officer
78 - Mills, Deborah - Captain
77 - Ellis, Kevin - Fire Prevention Officer
77 - Tasby, DeWayne - Captain