Lincoln Parish Sheriff candidates talk community visibility

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LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Three candidates with backgrounds in law enforcement are running to be the next sheriff of Lincoln Parish.

Three candidates with backgrounds in law enforcement are running to be the next Lincoln Parish Sheriff. (Source: KNOE)

They are:

  • Randal Hermes, who served as Ruston's police chief and is currently the head of LA Tech PD.
  • George Webb, who worked as both a patrol deputy and in criminal investigations during his 27 years with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office.
  • Stephen Williams, currently the chief deputy for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office, where he's worked for 26 years.

Randal Hermes said he wants to work on strengthening the bond between law enforcement and the community. He said he plans to hold monthly neighborhood meetings to give the community a chance to share information and ideas with law enforcement.

"I will have deputies at those meetings so that people will be able to relate with the deputies and interchange ideas so that we can share information and they can share information back to us," he said.

Hermes said one of the issues he wants to fix is drug use in the community.

"I think we need to target those who are dealing to our kids and our community, but we need to go after the big guys," said Hermes.

Stephen Williams said he's spent years on the front lines of the drug war in Lincoln Parish.

"Probably 80 or 90 percent of our other crimes go back to some type of substance abuse via illegal drugs," he said.

Williams said he wants more funding for school resource officers and the narcotics task force.

"We're going to put more personnel on the ground, we're going to do more education programs, we're going to strengthen our battle and our stance on illegal drugs coming into our community in Lincoln Parish," said Williams.

George Webb said he wants to start youth mentoring programs so he can reach them before they get into anything dangerous.

"Our youth are our future. If we don't take care of our youth, I feel like we're defeating our purpose right now," said Webb.

He also wants more visibility in the rural parts of the parish.

"They don't see enough patrol presence during the daytime," Webb said. "We got a lot of old residents out in the country, and they'd like to see our deputies, and they'd like to see our deputies come out and visit with them."