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Newly elected mayor of Bossier City selects CAO

Shane Cheatham has been selected by Mayor-elect Tommy Chandler as Bossier City's next chief...
Shane Cheatham has been selected by Mayor-elect Tommy Chandler as Bossier City's next chief administrative officer.(Chandler for Mayor)
Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 10:26 AM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - Newly elected mayor of Bossier City, Tommy Chandler, has made his choice for the city’s new chief administrative officer.

Mayor-elect Chandler made the announcement Wednesday, April 14 that Shane Cheatham will serve as the city’s new CAO.

“I have picked Shane Cheatham to be the next CAO for the City of Bossier City. After being elected mayor, my transition team and I put together a list of criteria that we would want in a CAO. We started to realize that Shane Cheatham met all of these criteria, and is someone that I know and trust to do the job of CAO. Bossier City’s future is even brighter with the direction and leadership that Shane Cheatham brings to the table,” Chandler said.

Shane Cheatham has been selected as Bossier City's next chief administrative officer. He'll...
Shane Cheatham has been selected as Bossier City's next chief administrative officer. He'll work alongside the newly elected mayor, Tommy Chandler.(KSLA)

“I ran for city council in District 1 because I believe that south Bossier and Bossier City as a whole needed a new direction for the future. When Tommy Chandler approached me about being the chief administrative officer for Bossier City, I talked with my family, and we discussed the possibilities. I thought about how I could best impact our city and our future. As a family, we decided that I can do more good for the people of south Bossier and Bossier City by accepting the position of CAO. I will be bringing over two decades of management and leadership experience, over a decade of experience as a small business owner, and my experiences from being on the Bossier Parish School Board for the past six years. I am excited about working with Mayor Tommy Chandler, all Bossier City employees, other local community leaders, and the residents of our great city for a prouder, stronger, better Bossier City. I am very thankful for everyone who voted for me for the District 1 city council seat, and as CAO, I believe I am better positioned to help accomplish our goals for the future. On July 1, 2021, Mayor Tommy Chandler will take office as well as the six city councilmen. The District 1 seat will be vacant, and the council will appoint someone to fill that seat until an October election can be held to fill the seat. I know that the people of District 1 will be ready to elect someone that also believes in a prouder, stronger, better Bossier City,” Cheatham said.

On Wednesday, April 14, KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with Chandler and Cheatham, asking about their agenda for the city. One thing they hope to achieve is to bring more businesses to south Bossier. As the area continues to grow, they feel there needs to be more for people who live in the city to do.

“I would love to see something like a Top Golf or a Dave and Busters, some family-orientated stuff where kids can do things and parents can eat,” Cheatham said.

He said he always had a goal to drive more people in and keep them here.

“We want to bring more families here. My daughter is a freshman in college at Louisiana Tech and I want to see her move back here but I want to see us move towards things to bring families and continue to grow,” he said.

Executive Director of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Rocky Rockett said there is room for a lot of growth.

”There’s opportunities throughout Bossier. Brookshires grocery arena, there’s opportunities to do things around there, the bridge is an issue we’re willing to deal with and go forward,” he said.

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