SHREVEPORT, La. – The deputy director of the city’s Water and Sewer Department was fired Monday amid an investigation.
City spokesman Ben Riggs confirmed Jeffery Anderson’s termination but nothing more. He would not provide a reason.
Chief Administrative Officer Sherricka Jones released the following statement:
“The City of Shreveport does not comment on personnel matters. The administration is committed to evaluating and improving all operations. The Water Department is an area where citizens and businesses have experienced many issues and we look to bring stability and public trust to all city operations.”
Police Chief Ben Raymond told KTBS he does not discuss open criminal investigations “so I wouldn’t be able to confirm or deny.”
Sources tell KTBS the investigation is related to some of the contracts for sewer work that’s ongoing in the city.
Anderson was the No. 2 person in charge of a city department that’s been under a cloud in recent years for not only the extensive sewer work, but also a still unresolved class action lawsuit concerning millions of dollars in overbilled water bills.
The city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to replace the aging sewer system in a consent decree reached with the federal government. Initial estimate on the project was around $350 million. But the final price tag is estimated to be north of $1 billion.
A new program manager to oversee the project was put in place in July.