Adrian Perkins

Mayor Adrian Perkins and his administration are under fire from the City Council and citizens over its mishandling of the switching of insurance.

Over the objection of the Shreveport City Council, the Perkins administration has written yet another big check to the insurance agency that put the city in crisis mode.

District B Councilwoman LeVette Fuller confirms that the city has paid a $250,000 service fee to Frost Insurance of Dallas. That's the company that employs Roddrelle Sykes, the agent who is politically connected to the Perkins campaign.

Frost has brokered new lines of insurance for the city, including the plan that initially cut the city's property coverage by more than 90 percent, yet cost the city $185,000 more.

At Monday's special called meeting, Fuller was among five city council members who voted against paying the fee to Frost.

But Mayor Perkins' administration said it still had the power to send the check. Fuller says she got word that the fee was paid through an internal email Thursday morning.

Councilman Jerry Bowman abstained from Monday's vote. Councilman James Green left the meeting before the vote. The five other council members voted against paying the fee. The same five also voted to spend $160 million to acquire more insurance to protect city properties.

The city now has $300 million in coverage after more insurance was obtained through Frost, as we reported here Wednesday.

The administration says it's trying to buy still more insurance to restore $815 million in full coverage the city previously had.


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