Shreveport City Council confirms Clarence Reese as new SFD chief

The Shreveport City Council will vote during its Tuesday meeting on whether to confirm Clarence...
The Shreveport City Council will vote during its Tuesday meeting on whether to confirm Clarence Reese as the next chief of the Shreveport Fire Department.(None)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 4:45 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The City of Shreveport has a new fire chief.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10, Shreveport City Council voted for Clarence Reese, a Shreveport Fire Department veteran and Mayor Adrian Perkins’ selection, to lead the department.

“Chief Reese has a vision and plan for the future of the Shreveport Fire Department,” Mayor Perkins said in a statement Monday, April 11 announcing his selection. “His nearly two decades of service displays his commitment to our citizens on a daily basis. Fostering longstanding relationships in the community will be crucial for recruitment efforts and building a stronger department for citizens.”

Reese has been serving as administrative assistant to the fire chief. The nearly 20-year veteran of the department started his career as a firefighter/EMT.

“I’m invested in creating a safer community for all families living in this city,” Reese is quoted as saying in the city’s statement. “Shreveport has been my home since 1996 and it is where I’m raising my children.”

“I’m dedicated to ensuring that the Shreveport Fire Department delivers quality services to those who are in need of our care. Developing a plan for this department that will best serve future generations is what I plan to do in my new role as fire chief,” Reese went on to say.

Reese has been a public information officer for the fire department for the past four years and was named administrative assistant in 2021. He also is a certified law enforcement officer and is a reserve deputy with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The new chief said he plans to focus on hiring more staff and sticking to departmental policy.

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