Mayor Chandler requests removal of new Bossier City police chief

Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 3:35 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - The Bossier City Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board is considering the removal the chief of the Bossier City Police Department.

An item is listed in the meeting agenda for Friday, Sept. 16 that says the board will consider the removal of Christopher Estess as chief of police. The request was submitted by Mayor Tommy Chandler.

According to a release from the city, La. law provides a “working test” period for municipal fire and police civil service employees. As the request to remove Estess is less than six months from the date of his appointment, prior approval from the Bossier City Civil Service Board is required by law.

Mayor Chandler released the following statement:

Public safety has always been a top priority of mine and this decision is not one that has been made without great thought, consideration and prayer. Unfortunately, the Bossier City Police Department under the leadership of Chris Estess has not progressed in a manner that best serves the Department or the citizens of Bossier City.

The men and women of the Bossier City Police Department and the Citizens of Bossier City deserve leadership that seeks to strengthen the Department and our community. While I understand the decision to remove the Chief during the working test period is unprecedented and controversial, I am committed to make the tough decisions that ensure that Bossier City progresses and prospers.

The meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Estess was just made chief of police back in April of this year.