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The transition team was responsiblefor raising money to cover Glover'sinaugural ball, collecting resumes forCity Hall jobs and appointments, andinterviewing candidates for chiefadministrative officer and cityattorney. It is made up of severalvolunteer panels overseen bytransition team co-chairs HelenGodfrey-Smith and Dee Peterson.
Fundraising CommitteeCAO PanelCity Attorney PanelPublic Safety PanelContract ReviewCommittee
former chairmanof Glover'smayoralcampaign
ErnestBaylor, state representative;Sherwood Bailey, engineer;Bobby Jelks, president FranksManagement Company; RayBelton, Southern University-Shreveport chancellor; VincentMarsala, LSUS chancellor;Steve Shelburne, CentenaryCollege English professor;Ruby Cherry, Caddo Parishschoolteacher; Don Jones,former Bossier City mayor.Sam Gregorio,
Baylor; Bailey (stepped downafter first round of interviewsbecause of work commitments);Cherry; Jones; Marsala;Shelburne; Charles Grubb,Caddo Parish attorney; GlennWalker, attorney
Sam GregorioRay Belton
Concluded candidateinterviews Tuesday; Peterson,Godfrey-Smith, Gregorio andBelton will meet with Glover toshare their observations.Glover will decide who hewants to re-interview beforemaking his decision.
Disbanded after Gloverselected Tom Dark as CAO;volunteers asked to help choosecity attorney
Tasked with raisingmoney for the inaugural galaand transition team expenses,the fundraising is expected tobe complete in several weeks.
Currently beingassembled; will be at least twoweeks before panel beginsmeeting to discuss qualities itwould like in city's next policechief. There was one unofficialmeeting to discuss the processused to hire a police chief, butvolunteers present won'tnecessarily be on the panel.
Volunteers have metonce; committeein development. No meetingscurrently scheduled.
Billy Casey, attorney; JohnFraizer, attorney; SarahKirkpatrick, attorney; TheartisNeal, pastor; Jacqueline Scott,attorney; Craig Smith, attorney;Shonda Stone, attorney; OllieTyler, Caddo ParishsuperintendentRon WeemsShreveport Mayor Cedric Glover greets supporters at his inaugural ball Nov. 28, 2006.
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By John Hill
BATON ROUGE — Anangry Gov. Kathleen Blanco isblaming “Washington Repub-licans” for unfair treatment toLouisiana’s hurricane victims,charging them with favoringMississippi because of par-tisan politics.Ina news conference at noon Tuesday on the Gover-nor’s Man-sion steps,Blanco saidshe wants thenew Demo-cratic leader-ship of Con-gress to right the wrongsand to launcha bipartisancommission to investigate theunequal treatment of the statesin federal hurricane relief.Blanco, a Democrat, chargedthat the Republicans in thenation’s capital city have con-sistently discriminated against Louisiana and has favored Mis-sissippi because of partisanefforts to help MississippiGov. Haley Barbour, former chairman of the RepublicanNational Committee. The governor plans a New Orleans news conference thismorning when she will releasedetails of what she believesequates to unequal treatment in federal aidfor housing,health care,higher edu-cation and aidto local gov-ernments.Blanco saidshe wouldbe mailingformal let-ters requesting Democraticcongressional leaders in Washington to investigate theRepublican response to hurri-canes Katrina and Rita. The governor said she hadspoken with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans,about such an investigation.Landrieu could be in a posi-tion to launch a probe, asshe is expected to be namedchairman of the disaster response subcommittee of theU.S. Senate Homeland Secu-rity and Government AffairsCommittee.
Moon Gae-soon cries during a prayer service Tuesday atRed River Korean Church of the Nazarene in Bossier Cityfor slain store owner Myoung Ran Ellis, who was shot in thehead Monday afternoon during an attempted robbery.
By Janelle Rucker
and Adam Kealoha Causey
Members of the Red River Korean Church of the Naza-rene prayed for their slainsister Myoung Ran Ellis inthe Korean language Tuesday night.But grief knows no language.Sobs, tears and embracesshared the church’s dis-tress over Shreveport’s latest killing, a woman rememberednow as friendly, faithful andhard-working. About twodozen con-gregants at the Bossier City churchattendeda specially called prayer meeting inmemory of Ellis, 45, whodied about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at LSU Hospital.Shereceived a gunshot wound to the head Monday afternoon during an attemptedarmed robbery of her store,Goodies Beauty Supply, in theCedar Grove neighborhood.“She was a very caring andloving person,” said fellow church member Taeseok Kim,27, of Bossier City. “She wasinvolved in pretty much every-thing at the church. It’s sad tosee her go like this.”Kim’s wife is an employeeat Ellis’ store, also known asGoody’s Beauty Supply, inthe 6900 block of Fairfield Avenue. She was there duringthe armed robbery, and her husband said the two wereclose friends. The 15-year church member
Slain store owner remembered
See the Glover transitionteam’s documentsincluding meetingminutes, e-mails,volunteers and donorlists.Glover transition teamcommittee agendas.Schedule for cityattorney interviews.Highlights from thedocuments.City attorney resumes.
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Questions askedin interview,
List of candidatesfor city attorney,
Transition teamunveils process,
By Michelle Mahfoufi
From the outside looking in,it appeared Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover’s transitionteam had a handful of respon-sibilities: to collect resumes,interview candidates for thecity’s top appointed positions,raise money to help pay for the inaugural ball.But behind the scenes,they’ve been busy. Very busy. A three-ring binder full of meeting minutes, e-mails, volunteer names and donor lists provided to The Timesas part of a public recordsrequest and available on The Times Web site shows thenew mayor is relying heavily on community input on topicsranging from city contracts tocity police. Thepreviously anony-mous transition team — ledby co-chairs Dee Petersonand Helen Godfrey-Smith —pledged full disclosure after The Times pressed for infor-mation on the grounds thegroup has been acting as anadvisory group even thoughit was privately funded. The documents releasedby the transition team wouldseem to support that argu-ment. At least two dozen volun-teers approved by Glover have met numerous timesin various informal andformal meetings and havealready offered suggestionsor received information fromthe city that has not been pub-licly discussed, including:
The city’s considerationof a bond issue this summer or fall to address water andsewer needs.
The need for diver-sity and sensitivity training within the Shreveport PoliceDepartment and to restorethe Neighborhood Assistance Teams.
New mayor tapping the community for ideas on various topics
Governor allegesdiscrimination dueto partisan politicsfollowing hurricanes.
Inside the transition team
and deaconess had just beengiven a new position of churchleadership.
Graveside services forMyoung Ran Ellis will beheld at 10 a.m. Saturdayat Forest Park Westcemetery in Shreveport.Rose-Neath Funeral Home onSouthside Drive is handlingarrangements.