Former Mayor of Shreveport, LA.
The youngest son of Elizabeth Bradford Glover and the late Clarence Ernest Glover Sr., Cedric Bradford Glover, is a lifelong resident of Shreveport, LA, and was educated in the public and private schools of Caddo Parish. Early on, Cedric's parents instilled in him and his siblings a sense of community and civic commitment.
These traits manifested themselves early in Cedric's life. He started, what, at that time was the only black Boy Scout Troop in the entire 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.
As President of the MLK Civic Club, Cedric had an opportunity to lead and advance an entire neighborhood. At that time, the MLK area was beset by the twin scourges of crack cocaine and gang violence and void of any constructive activities for the community's young people. Cedric was active in efforts that culminated with the deployment of Operation THOR in the MLK area. Operation THOR, an acronym for Take, Hold, Organize, and Return, represents the largest mobilization of law enforcement in Northwest Louisiana history.
Prompted by the urging of many, Cedric offered himself as a candidate for the Shreveport City Council District A seat. In November of 1990, Cedric became the youngest individual ever 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 well as the Shreveport Negro Chamber of Commerce Political Achievement Award.
As Councilman, Cedric also secured more than thirty million dollars in capital construction dollars 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. During his tenure on the Council, he was a board member of the Greater Shreveport Economic Development Committee, Goodwill Industries, the Metropolitan YMCA, and became the youngest graduate of the Leadership Louisiana Program.
In October of 1995, Cedric was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. During that time, as a member of the House, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. He was also 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 entire state of Louisiana.
On November 7, 2006, Cedric B. Glover, made history as the first African American Mayor of his hometown, Shreveport, LA.