SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Mayor Adrian Perkins chose the new Shreveport Police Department chief Wednesday afternoon.

Mayor Perkins announced that interim police chief Wayne Smith will officially be the new chief of the department. “We had the confidence in Smith to lead our city,” Perkins said.

Perkins also explained during the conference why he did not conduct interviews with the applicants. “They all have to take an exam, that exam has to be certified by the Civil Service Board,” Perkins said.

“We get a certified list of applicants and make a decision based off that list of applicants, that’s the state’s requirement. As mayor, I have the right to go through further steps. I can conduct interviews if I’d like or I don’t have to conduct interviews.” Perkins added that the fire chief selection process will be different.

Chief Wayne Smith will replace Ben Raymond after he was forced to step down amid criticism of his leadership. After Raymond stepped down, Perkins named Assistant Police Chief Wayne Smith as interim police chief. Smith is one of the nine candidates and has applied for the chief position twice before.

Some of the other candidates included Assistant Police Chief Marcus Mitchell. Mitchell was fired in November for violating department rules and regulations following an investigation. According to the civil service board, he is still eligible to apply for the chief position as it is a different position than he was fired from.

Download the KTAL News app 📲

The five others who have applied for the position are Jason Frazier, Michael Jones, and former SPD Public Information Officer Marcus Hines. Three candidates from outside SPD have applied and taken the exam: Dorian Brabham of the Lafayette Police Department, Kenneth Wall of the Sulphur Police Department, and Samuel Wyatt, formerly of the Bossier City Police Department.