Stephen Williams sworn in as new Lincoln Parish Sheriff
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Stephen Williams was sworn in as Sheriff of Lincoln Parish on Wednesday, replacing Mike Stone, who decided not to run for re-election.
Willams said there were a lot of emotions running through him after officially being sworn in. After months of politicking and a waiting period, he was finally starting his first day on the job.
“It’s just a huge relief and I’m excited to get going,” he said.
Williams was formerly the chief deputy of the sheriff’s office, where he has worked for more than 25 years.
He said he had campaigned on placing school resource officers into every school. In the months since the election, he said they had hired more personnel who are ready to go into those schools.
Williams said they’ve also partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to help fight the war on drugs.
“All our deputies with our narcotics task force are DEA task force members,” he said.
Williams said they’ve reduced staff through attrition and retirement and reduced the number of cars in their fleet in order to save taxpayer money. He said the administrative and transport positions that were cut were consolidated, and are now being done by other personnel.
“Well, it’s really paying off now because our revenues through taxes and stuff are down quite a bit from the COVID crisis over the last three or four months, so really, it was a blessing in disguise to go ahead and over the last year be preparing for that,” he said.
Major J.D. Driskill said Williams has a lot of progressive ideas. For instance, he said Williams worked to incorporate women as patrol deputies.
“In the uncertain times that we’re in, everybody’s got a lot of confidence in him and the way he’ll respond to the situations we may face,” said Driskill.
Though several events have been canceled due to the pandemic, Williams said they plan on holding future events where they’ll be able to hear from people in the community.
“Our office is always open, my office is always open. If you have concerns or information that we need to know, please give us a call. Work with us. We’re going to be reaching out to the community in the future, and please just let us know what’s going on and we’re wanting to know their thoughts,” he said.
Williams said they’ll be starting these outreach programs again when it’s safe.
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