Biography of Shreveport Mayor
Cedric B. Glover
Cedric Bradford Glover
accepted the call to serve at an early age. The youngest son of Elizabeth
Bradford Glover and the late Clarence Ernest Glover Sr., Cedric credits his
parents with teaching him the value of community involvement and civic
commitment. And he’s put those lessons learned to good use during his
distinguished career in politics.
In November 2010, Shreveport citizens overwhelmingly returned him to the
Mayor’s Office, propelling him to a resounding victory by casting 65 percent of
the votes in his favor.
That momentum carried over to 2011 as Mayor Glover rode a
wave of popularity and credibility to lead a campaign that resulted in the April
passage of a $175 million bond proposal, the largest in the City’s history.
Mayor Glover overcame organized opposition to the bond issue by crafting a
fact-based message that resonated with voters in every corner of this city of
more than 200,000 residents.
Mayor Glover has enormous visibility as a speaker and
lecturer at the local, state and national levels. He is frequently asked to
appear at events ranging from family reunions to national mayoral conferences.
In June 2011, he went to Washington, D.C., to address a group seeking to learn
how to effectively integrate arts-related and cultural projects with private
businesses in order to stimulate economic development. The planned ``Shreveport
Common’’ project is being hailed as a model for other cities to follow and Mayor
Glover’s vision has been the catalyst for this dynamic venture.
Indeed, Mayor Glover’s innate ability to visualize the
possible is the driving force behind Shreveport’s emergence as one of the best
places in America to make movies. Under his leadership, Shreveport has morphed
into a primary option for filmmakers whose energy, passion and love for
Shreveport has thrust the City into a position to acquire the affectionate
moniker of ``Hollywood South.’’ That title was validated even more in March 2013
when the blockbuster production ``Olympus Has Fallen’’ opened in theaters
nationwide. The $70 million movie was largely filmed in Shreveport and earned
the city rave reviews from its all-star cast that included Gerard Butler, Morgan
Freeman and Angela Bassett.
Shreveport also hosted its first ``LA Film Prize’’ Festival
in 2012, an event that encouraged independent filmmakers to produce short films
on location in Northwest Louisiana. The winner of the competition was guaranteed
a record $50,000 and an invitation to return in subsequent years. That weekend
event provided an economic benefit for the City estimated at more than $3
Indeed, Shreveport is still becoming a city defined, as Mayor Glover puts it,
by the number of ``good lists we find ourselves on.’’ Those lists include:
Best Mid-size City for Jobs (Forbes)
Best Places for Business & Careers (Forbes)
Best Place for a working Retirement (Forbes)
Best Real Estate Market (Forbes)
Mayor Glover’s enlightened thinking and visionary leadership
has also made Shreveport one of the safest cities in the South, thanks in part
to his Operation T. B. O. N. E. This nationally-recognized program links
Property Standards teams with Neighborhood Associations and City Council members
in a unique partnership to make neighborhoods safer.
The impact has been nothing but positive as the fight to
reduce blight in the City has played a significant role in reducing the overall
crime rate to a 36-year low in 2012. These remarkable results are a hallmark of
Mayor Glover’s commitment to make Shreveport safe to live, work and play. It
also is helping reshape the perception of where Shreveport ranks on such dubious
lists as ``unsafe cities.’’ The City reported a record low homicide rate of 20
in 2011 and 2012, both well below the national average.
The Mayor’s passion to serve
developed early in his life. As a youth, he started the only black Boy Scout
Troop in the NORWELA Council area. He later served with the Volunteers of
America Lighthouse program as a Program Coordinator. During this time, he was
elected Treasurer of the Shreveport Chapter of the NAACP, and President of the
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Club.
A natural leader, he heeded
the persistent calls from those urging him to run for public office. In November
of 1990, Glover became the youngest person elected to the Shreveport City
Council. While on the City Council, he served terms as Council Chairman,
Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, and was selected as Public Official
of the Year by the Shreveport Chapter of the National Association of Social
Workers. He also received the Louisiana Municipal Association's Community
Achievement Award three times.
As Councilman, Glover
secured more than $30 million to fund capital construction projects for his
district, and increased the Parks and Recreation budget by 30 percent and
declared war on liquor stores selling to minors, resulting in the first liquor
license revocations in the City's history. He also championed and advanced the
concept of Community Oriented Policing, at a time when most in law enforcement
saw little value in it.
In October of 1995, Glover
was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He was elected to the
Executive Committee of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and was later
selected as Legislator of the Year by the Rural Caucus, and selected as
Legislator of the Month by the Louisiana Municipal Association, Citizens Against
Crime Inc. for instituting the first computer-automated crime victim
notification system in the state of Louisiana.
On Nov. 7, 2006,
Cedric B. Glover made history as Shreveport’s first African-American Mayor.
He and his First Lady, Veronica S. Glover, consider it an honor to serve as
Mayor and strive daily to make Shreveport, ‘’the next great city of the
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