Councilman Jerry Bowman adds Raymond to list of finalists for SPD chief

Councilman Jerry Bowman adds Raymond to list of finalists for SPD chief

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman is using his power as mayor pro tem to add Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond to the list of final candidates to consider for the permanent chief position.

According to city officials, Mayor Adrian Perkins is out of state for a speaking engagement which makes Bowman the acting mayor.

Jerry Bowman, 42 (Source: Bowman family)
Jerry Bowman, 42 (Source: Bowman family)

An advisory panel — which was assembled by Perkins and included Bowman — chose Assistant Police Chief Wayne Smith, Lt. Tedris Smith and Sgt. Michael Carter as finalists for the position. Provisional Chief Ben Raymond, was not chosen. However, Raymond did have the highest score on the civil service examination out of all the candidates who applied.

Raymond, who has been serving as the provisional chief since November, also has the support of Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.

Bowman issued the following statement Wednesday night:

The selection of the person who will lead the Shreveport Police Department is very serious and this is and has been my top priority, I’m confident that Mayor Perkins will keep his pledge of selecting someone who is committed to community-oriented policing as well as someone with integrity, someone whose qualities mirror the needs of our community as a whole and at the end of the day, someone who will commit to work on bridging the gap between the narrative of “ 2 Shreveport’s." Substitute Chief Ben Raymond has served in the capacity as Shreveport Chief of Police for the past 10 months. He has garnered the support from a majority of the members of the Shreveport City Council.He has achieved the highest scores on the Chief of Police examination twice. I have been contacted by numerous citizens who have expressed serious concerns about the selection committee’s exclusion of Chief Raymond as a potential candidate for the permanent position of Chief of Police. I have likewise been contacted by several officers of the Shreveport Police Department who have expressed the same concern. In my opinion, based upon all of these factors and concerns, it would be imprudent to exclude Chief Raymond as a candidate for the permanent position of Chief of Police for the City of Shreveport. I wholeheartedly believe and agree that this selection is that of the mayor and not a political fight but a fight for public safety. Therefore, in order to assure the continuity in this fight for public safety, as Mayor Pro tem, I am including Chief Raymond as a candidate for the permanent position of Chief of Police for the City of Shreveport.
Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr.

Mayor Perkins has previously said he’ll have a decision made before the next city council meeting on Tuesday, September 24.

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