SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Sources have confirmed to KSLA News 12 that an advisory board put together by Mayor Adrian Perkins did not recommend Provisional Police Chief Ben Raymond to become the permanent police chief in Shreveport.
This comes after the board interviewed all seven qualified candidates Friday during a private meeting.
Sources confirmed to KSLA News 12 that the board recommended Assistant Police Chief Wayne Smith, Lt. Tedris Smith and Sgt. Michael Carter for the role of police chief.
Sources also confirmed that the vote on those three names was not unanimous.
Sources told KSLA News 12 that one board member was disappointed with the process the board took to recommend those candidates to Mayor Adrian Perkins.
While his advisory board did not recommend Raymond, Perkins still reserves the right to name him or any other qualified candidate as the city’s next police chief.
Perkins has said he will name the new police chief at the City Council meeting Sept. 24.
He must name a new chief by Sept. 29, which will be 60 days since the position became vacant due to former Police Chief Alan Crump’s retirement.