It may be a little early to ask the question...but undoubtedly its on the minds of the seven Shreveport council members.
Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins must name his selection of the permanent Shreveport police chief no later than the Shreveport council meeting on Mon. Sept. 23.
The appointment must be confirmed by a majority of the council.
When former mayor Ollie Tyler named Alan Crump as her choice for police chief, councilman Willie Bradford opposed the nomination. He was the only NO vote on the confirmation.
Bradford took a lot of heat for his dissent on Crump. And undoubtedly lost political favor with Tyler who was known to carry grudges.
Crump was a major disappointment as police chief . Tyler even admitted during the final month in office that her appointment was a mistake.
Perkin’s selection committee recommended Mike Carter, Tedris Smith and Wayne Smith.
The fact that provisional chief Ben Raymond was not in the final three was a major shock to all political observers. And the general public.
Perkins is not limited by the committee’s recommendations. He can name any of the seven candidates who took and passed the police chief exam. That includes Raymond.
The council, which has 3 newly minted members, has had it share of controversial issues since taking office in late December. These include the city’s insurance agent, the garbage fee, efforts to limit the mayor’s powers, and the pending bond issue.
More than any council there have been many divided votes, especially when dealing with issues brought by the mayor. How they will respond to the new police chief appointment is an open question.
It will be long week for Perkins, Raymond, and the council. This appointment could be a defining issue for all concerned.