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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.

 

PERKINS RELEASES 100 DAY REPORT

It’s a good read.

The opening paragraph sets the tone:

"On December 29, 2018, Adrian D. Perkins was sworn in as the 57th Mayor of Shreveport, LA. In his inaugural address, Mayor Perkins outlined a practical and progressive vision that focused on public safety and econonic development. He specially discussed leveraging technology to make Shreveport safer and more prosperous. 100 days later, his vision is becoming a reality."

Here are the highlights.

1. Perkins implemented community-oriented policies strategies. January saw an 18% decline in serious crime (part 1) when compared to January 2018. February of this year showed a 6% decline from the previous year. (Part 1 crimes are homicide, sexual assault, robbery aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.)

2. The Perkins’s administration upgraded the internet-based technology available to first responders. The upgrade was paid for by savings from renegotiating the city’s phone contract.

3. Perkins joined Governor John Bel Edwards to break ground on the five-year $14 million expansion to the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy.

4. Shreveport added 100 jobs in February. Since Perkins took office the unemployment rate has dropped from 5.4% to 4.7%.

5. Perkins introduced a Clean City User Fund to address underpaid sanitation workers and to build the city reserves. After the council passed a fee, Perkins introduced on April 9 a budget amendment to ensure that truck drivers and trash collector receive a pay raise.

6. Perkins appointed Keith Hanson as the city’s first Chief Technology Officer. Hanson has digitized the city’s budget ("The People’s Budget") into an online transparency tool that enables citizens to see how tax dollars are spent.

7. Perkins has announced The Future Leaders of Shreveport Summer Internship Program that will offer more than 100 local high school and college students the opportunity to work in city government and for area businesses.

8. Perkins has build a diverse team that reflective of Shreveport. He has appointed the city’s first African-American female to serve as the CAO. He just named a highly-qualified economic development coordinator. He has also added many other newcomers to his administration and retained many team members from the previous administration.

The well-documented report is on Mayor Adrian Perkins Facebook page.

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