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Bossier city council postpones public works nominee

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At Tuesday’s Bossier City Council meeting, the council postponed a nomination for confirmation for Bossier City’s director of public works.

The city council unanimously voted Tuesday, Aug 3rd, to continue the nomination for confirmation of Wade L. Rich as the City’s Director of Public Works.  

At-large council member David Montgomery made the motion for the delay because of a “compliance issue” with the city charter.

When Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler asked what the issue was, Montgomery replied, “We’re investigating.”

Bossier City Council President Don Williams stated that council members were in on the interview with Chandler and it was a good interview.

“We was in on the interview with you. And it was a good interview,” Williams said.

“Again, this guy has tons and tons of experience, OK? So we have to get an opinion. We will get an opinion just to make sure we’re legal, that’s all. Nothing against the mayor, nothing against Mr. Rich,” he added.

District 2 city council member Jeffery Darby then suggested that Bossier city’s city clerk, Phyllis McGraw, provide Mayor Chandler with a copy of the city charter.

“Mr. President, may I suggest that the city clerk provide to Mr. Mayor a copy of the charter and make sure that is within his possession because this council, including myself, are going to adhere to it and so that would hopefully suffice when he has a nominee before this council,” Council Member Jeffery Darby said.

This matter is scheduled to be discussed at the council’s next regular meeting on Aug. 17.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, city council members:

Approved a resolution authorizing the hiring or promotion of a Recreation Maintenance Worker I and backfilling any position this may create for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Approved a resolution authorizing the hiring of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the Public Utilities Department.

Approved a resolution authorizing the hiring of two (2) Police Officers due to the resignation of two (2) Police Officers for the Bossier City Police Department.

Approved a resolution authorizing the hiring of one (1) Officer and the promotion of one (1) Officer to Sergeant and one (1) Sergeant to Lieutenant for the Bossier City Police Department.

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