Bossier City Council delays CAO vote, returns Irwin to Dist. 1 seat

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BOSSIER CITY, LA. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Bossier City Council delayed voting on Mayor Tommy Chandler’s picks for Chief Administrative Officer and City Attorney Tuesday but did approve returning former District 1 council member Scott Irwin to the seat he lost to CAO appointee Shane Cheatham in March, prompting some in attendance to walk out in anger.

Cheatham soundly defeated the four-term incumbent for the seat representing South Bossier in the spring election, only to give it up in order to accept Chandler’s appointment as CAO. District residents who turned up for the meeting made it clear they were unhappy with the council’s decision to return Irwin to the seat until a special election can be held in October.

The council also delayed a vote on Cheatham’s appointment, along with Chandler’s appointee for City Attorney, Bossier Parish District Court Judge Charles Jacobs. Jacobs, who swore Chandler into office last week, has said he will step down as judge if the council approves the appointment.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Councilmember At Large David Montgomery moved to delay the vote on Jacobs and Assistant City Attorney appointee Richard Ray, saying he and other members of the council want to sit down with Jacobs and the mayor before moving forward to discuss something that happened late last week involving Jacobs. Details of what happened were not discussed during the public portion of the meeting.

Another vote on the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, City Attorney, and Assistant City Attorney appointments could take place in 30 days, on August 3.

The meeting comes just a few hours after news broke Tuesday that former Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams has been placed on paid administrative leave “pending an internal affairs investigation regarding the violation of Bossier City Police Department policy.”

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