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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.


Is MPC Going To Have Special Meeting On Sweeney's Contract?

Well, who knows?

Board chairman Theron Jackson sent the following email to other Board members on June 12:

Please let me know if you will be available for a call meeting to discuss the continuation of the contract of the Executive Director. I am anticipating Tuesday, June 26th in the afternoon as the date for this meeting. Please let me know of your availability so that the notice of this meeting can be posted in sufficient time to meet posting requirements. (I will reach of to Mrs. Smith)

Thank you,

He later sent an email saying the best time for the Board members would be Monday, June 25 either at 3pm or 4pm.

The Shreveport Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office advises no meeting has been set. And those that are not in Sweeney’s camp (Ronnie Remedies, Dale Colvin, Alan Young and Bessie Smith) do not know if the meeting has been set.

Executive Director Mark Sweeney’ employment contract expires September 30 unless the MPC Board votes to not extend to it by the end of this month. If that happens, Sweeney will become a regular “at will” MPC employee on September like Shreveport Chief Administrative Officer Brian Crawford and Caddo Parish Administration Dr. Woody Wilson. 

If the Board does not meet by the end of the month—or does not vote to terminate the contract, then Sweeney’s rolls over and he has a contract through September 30, 2019.

Is the MPC playing games with the public about revealing if a special called meeting will be held? The majority of the Board are loyal Sweeney supporters so maybe they are aborting the meeting,

Best way to find out is to contact the “Sweeney Loyal 5”: 
Theron Jackson, 636-6172,
Nancy Cooper, 205-8809,
Winzer Andrews, 631-8480,
Curtis Joseph, 221-1600,
Lea Desmarteau, 222-0885,

These five individuals control the MPC Board and thus Sweeney’s contract extension. 

With both the Shreveport City Council and the Caddo Commission considering further t cuts for the MPC in their 2019 budgets, seemingly the Loyal 5 would not be playing games. That has been the modus operandi of this group for quite some time. And in the meantime construction and development in Shreveport continues to stagnate.

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