Council members question purchase of high-end SUV for new Bossier mayor | 3 Investigates
BOSSIER CITY, La. – Hidden amongst all the politics coming out of Bossier City’s modification of guard today, issue over a high-end car purchase that took place after Tommy Chandler won election, however prior to he took workplace.
According to city board leaders, Chandler is now utilizing the car, a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier that cost the city almost $77,000.
The strange purchase triggered the council to put a hang on all brand-new car purchases, consisting of 20 brand-new authorities SUVs, according to a cops source.
The purchase of the Tahoe initially emerged Tuesday throughout the council conference, the very first for Chandler as mayor.
“In my opinion, we’re not a $77,000 dollar vehicle city,” new City Council President Don Williams said. “You know, I think that’s ridiculous.”
In truth, Williams informed KTBS-3 News he is putting a committee together to learn how a purchase like this can occur without oversight.
3 Examines got a copy of both the order and proof of purchase for the brand-new $76,932 Tahoe. The purchase took place April 1, and Williams wished to make it clear that Mayor Chandler had absolutely nothing to do with it. In truth, throughout Tuesday’s council conference, Chandler himself stated he had no understanding of the purchase.
“I had nothing to do with this,” Chandler said at Tuesday’s meeting. “It happened months ago, so I didn’t know anything about it.”
So, who approved the luxury vehicle? In an email acquired by 3 Investigates, fleet manager Rodney Oar clearly is ordered to hunt down a pearl white Tahoe, telling purchasing agent Lilliana Garcia, “I found the only white Tahoe around at Marketplace Chevrolet in Stonewall,” the email said.
KTBS has since learned that the order to buy the vehicle came from former city attorney Jimmy Hall, a close ally of former Mayor Lo Walker. But why Hall would order a high-end vehicle for the new mayor is still unclear.
Another interesting fact is that the vehicle was purchased with Bossier City Fire Department funds, and despite the fact that other vehicles were available for the new mayor to use.
Records show Walker left behind a 2017 Impala, and outgoing Chief Administrative Officer Pam Glorioso left behind a 2018 Ford Taurus.
“Usually we buy on state contract, $25,000, $30,000 (vehicles). And we need to stick with that,” Williams stated. “The old mayor is leaving. Could the new mayor take his car? Yeah, probably.”
Another concern is that all Bossier City vehicles, according to the city charter, must be marked with city markings. City council members pointed out Tuesday the mayor’s new vehicle remains unmarked. Citizens expressed their concern about that.
“The ordinance either needs to be enforced or dropped and not ignored,” David Jones said. “Because it’s pretty clear that any city vehicle is supposed to be clearly identified as a city of Bossier vehicle.”
Meanwhile, Williams said he will be looking into this to determine why Hall gave the directive to purchase the near $77,000 vehicle.
“We just need to get to the bottom of it and let them know … that’s not acceptable,” Williams stated.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.