Last Friday, Aug. 22, Jim Taliaferro qualified as a candidate for the office of Shreveport city marshal.
Taliaferro is a former Shreveport police sergeant and past coordinator of the award-winning Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers program. He recently retired from the local force to run for this office.
“I pride myself on having a servant heart, possessing the ethics, integrity and ability to build relationships to get things done,” Taliaferro said. “I have served my country both locally and nationally; with my 34 years in law enforcement and 33 years of military experience, I am uniquely qualifiedto be the next Shreveport city marshal.”
Born in Shreveport, the product of a military family, Taliaferro spent many years away from his native home and returned to Shreveport in 1988, currently residing in the Broadmoor area where he grew up. Very active in the community, he belongs to many civic organizations and attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Taliaferro said, “I pledge professionalism and respect during this campaign, exhibiting those characteristics which our citizens will expect from a City Marshal’s Office under my watch.
Kacee Kirschvink files to run for Caddo School Board
Long-time Shreveporter and communications professional Kacee Hargrave Kirschvink has announced that she is entering the race for Caddo Parish School Board’s District 11 seat, representing the southwestern portion of Caddo Parish.
“As a parent of two Caddo students and the wife of a Caddo teacher, I see first-hand the opportunities and challenges facing our schools each and every day,” Kirschvink said. “Rather than sit back and passively voice concern about the issues, I’ve made the choice to roll up my sleeves and become a part of the solution.”
Kirschvink plans to utilize her business acumen and vast communications experience to ensure that the school district delivers the best education possible for the families it serves.
“We must not lose sight of what’s important. The focus of the school board should not be political. It should be on the classroom,” said Kirschvink. “I will always make it my duty to focus on what is in the best interest of our students and teachers.”
Kirschvink is no stranger to giving of her time for others. Her candidacy comes on the heels of the tremendous work she has done for the Shreveport-area community, which earned her the 2012 Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.
Kirschvink’s volunteer activities include: junior coordinator, Shreveport Chamber Leadership Program; vice president, Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers; secretary, Volunteers for Youth Justice; past governor, Quota International District 21; publicity chair, Caddo Middle Magnet Parent Teacher Student Association; and communications chair, Grace Community Methodist Church.
Kirschvink is currently senior communications consultant for SWEPCO.
She was formerly the spokesperson and public information officer for the Shreveport Police Department. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, Mike, and two sons — Cameron, a seventh-grader at Caddo Middle Magnet, and Kevin, a fifthgrader at Summerfield Elementary.