Appeal filed for former Bossier City Police chief following demotion

Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 12:37 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - An attorney representing the former Bossier City Police Department chief has filed for an appeal following his demotion on Friday, Sept. 16.

Attorney Pamela Breedlove has sent in a request to the Bossier City Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board on behalf of former chief, Chris Estess. His attorney said he was not given notice of the special meeting.

Below is the information Breedlove sent to the board on Thursday, Sept. 22:

Below are the exhibits to the board:

According to state law, the person up for removal should be notified and afforded “an opportunity to be heard.”

KSLA reached out to the Civil Service Board for a response. The office confirmed they received Breedlove’s letter and that a copy was provided to the city attorney’s office. That office is in the process of drafting a response on behalf of the city, they said.

During the special meeting held on Sept. 16, City Attorney Charles Jacobs gave several reasons for Estess’ removal, including a “consistent failure” to communicate departmental decisions to the mayor and a “consistent failure” to manage/supervise his personnel and absences during normal business hours.

Estess’ removal from his position as chief took place following the FBI’s arrest of Sgt. Harold B.J. Sandford, on embezzling and drug charges. Estess remains employed by the Bossier City Police Department.