Eight people have applied and have been approved to move forward in the hiring process to be Shreveport's next Chief of Police. On May 23rd, all 8 applicants will take a civil service exam. To stay in contention for the post, candidates must score at least a 75% on the exam.

The men and women vying for the post are: Ben Raymond, Marcus Mitchell, Michael Carter, Wayne Smith, Kevin Strickland, Jason Frazier, Janice Dailey and Tedris Smith.

Mayor Adrian Perkins has created a 7 person committee comprised of law enforcement officials, lawyers and elected officials to interview the candidates. Perkins says the job of Chief is a high profile position and he wants the best man or woman on the job. Perkins also wants the public to have input in the process.