Shreveport City Council rejects Henry Whitehorn confirmation for CAO

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Henry Whitehorn at Shreveport City Council meeting on February 24, 2020.

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Shreveport City Council has rejected the confirmation of former Shreveport police chief and recently-retired U.S. Marshal Henry Whitehorn as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Mayor Adrian Perkins’ appointment of Whitehorn’s took a controversial turn recently when it was revealed that Whitehorn had already started working in the interim, with Sherrika Fields- Jones transitioning into her new role of Chief Financial Officer.

During Monday’s council meeting, several council members expressed their concerns about the process that was used to select Whitehorn.

On Tuesday, those concerns were intensely debated before a 3 to 3 vote. A majority of at least four votes is required for confirmation. Dist. G Representative Jerry Bowman, Dist. B Representative LeVette Fuller, and Dist. A Rep. Willie Bradford all voted in favor of Whitehorn’s confirmation. Dist. F Representative James Green was not at the meeting. Voting against were Dist. D Representative Grayson Boucher, Dist. C Representative John Nickelson, and Dist. E Representative James Flurry.

After the controversial vote, Mayor Adrian Perkins called out Nickelson because he believes the councilman went out of his way to discredit Whitehorn. That lead to all of the Republican members of council walking out of the meeting. That effectively suspended the meeting due to a lack of a quorum.

“‘I have gone through probably the most intrusive vetting in the positions I have held than most folks will ever have to,” Whitehorn said when the meeting resumed after the council members returned. “Since my 18th birthday until now. I was investigated by the FBI, I have a top-secret security clearance. And nothing in my background has been found that will ever attack my integrity, my character or my honor.”

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