Shreveport mayor Ollie Tyler says in an interview with 710 KEEL Radio that she began to waver in her confidence in police chief Alan Crump in the last year.
“I saw him struggling with his leadership role,” Tyler said to Robin & Erin in an interview on their radio program. “I saw him struggling with public confidence. I was struggling with having confidence.”
Tyler says the five-day back and forth ordeal between her and Crump about his retirement and subsequent medical leave put her in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. She believes she could have backed off of supporting him sooner, but decided he needed time to do the best job possible.
“I won’t say that I regret it,” Tyler said. “I made the right choice at the time. I think as time progressed and I had conversations with him a year into his appointment about some issues that I was not comfortable with.”
Ben Raymond will serve as the substitute police chief as Crump takes his medical leave.