BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The man who has led the Bossier City Police Department as Provisional Police Chief can now drop the “provisional” from the title, now that Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler has tapped him for the permanent job.

Chandler on Tuesday afternoon announced Chief Christopher Estess as his pick to take on the role officially, ten months after Estess took over on an interim basis.

“He will make Bossier city even safer and he is a great emblem for Bossier city,” Chandler said.

Estess has been running the department since the day after Chandler took office in July when the newly installed mayor reassigned former police chief Shane McWilliams to the reception desk. After an internal investigation and a legal battle, McWilliams retired in January.

“I’m grateful,” Estess said following the announcement. “I may fumble at times, I may make mistakes but I’m human. I can assure you that anything I do I’ll have the best of intentions.”

“We are going to be tough on crime but I’m here to build a strong and safe community. Our mission here at the Bossier City Police Department is safety, prevention, and service through community partnership and law enforcement. This is the future of the police department. We are going to look like the community. We are going to recruit those in the community and we are going to serve the community.”

Amongst the crowd of people in attendance for the swearing-in of Chief Estess was his son Tyler Potts, who serves as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Bossier City Fire Department. Bias aside, Potts believes his dad is the perfect pick for the job.

“We’re super excited. One reason, this is my dad, I’ve been able to watch him growing up.” Potts said. “See the man that he is, model myself after him. And I just know in my heart. He’s a man of God and He’s gonna meet the right person for the job but he has interest and care for every person on the police department all the way down to the bottom, no matter what your rights are, who you are, He cares for you and wants the best for you. I love you, Dad. I’m proud of you and I can’t wait to see how God leads you in this new title.”

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Estess was among five candidates for the job and the announcement of his selection comes a little over a month after the test scores were released.