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