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Union Parish set to elect new sheriff after 23 years

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For 23 years Bob Buckley was the sheriff of Union Parish.
     But now his legacy is what fills the office after passing away last September.
With the sheriffs election right around the corner three candidates have stepped up to fill his shoes including current interim Sheriff Dusty Gates.

"I've been a police professional for 39 years its something I have always wanted to do. I enjoy it just as much now as I did when I began at the Farmerville Police Department" says Gates.

     Gates hopes to continue his work in the sheriff's office and to improve communication among law enforcement.
     Another fellow retired Louisiana State Trooper looking to takeover the office is Matt Jones.
     Jones is no stranger to the sheriffs race but says he has the desire and determination to make Union Parish a better place.

"My big thing is I see a lot of sheriffs department vehicles but I want to see a lot more with patrol officers in them. I want it to be where everyday every person in this parish sees a patrol deputy drive by their house once a day" says Jones.

     Jones also hopes to move the 9-1-1 dispatch into the sheriffs office to insure direct communication.
     The final candidate is Richie Dunn. He is a business man with a watchful eye on tax dollars.

"One thing I would do is upgrade the internal operating system and dispatching abilities of the sheriffs department to bring it up to today's standard and by doing that it would save so much money and time" says Dunn.

          Three candidates all hoping to improve their parish and live up to a legacy left behind.

The sheriffs elections is set for April 5th.

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