SPD building renamed for former mayor

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The building that serves as headquarters for the Shreveport Police Department is now going by a new name.

During a renaming ceremony, Mayor Cedric Glover helped to unveil a monument bearing the name of former Mayor James "Jim" Gardner.

"The fact that we have an infrastructure system that's the envy, not just of the state but of other cities our size all across the country, can be attributed to the forward thinking of Mayor Jim Gardner," Glover said.

Gardner, who served from 1954 until 1958, is often referred to as a pioneer in reference to the city and its progress.  Glover said, under Gardner's leadership, plans were put into place that made Shreveport the city it is today.

"I'm just happy to have this occasion.. to have my family here and my grandchildren from out of town to share it with me," Gardner told KSLA News 12.

Glover said it only made sense to rename the building after Gardner.  It was during his term in office that it was built, although, at the time, it served as city hall.