- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco locked up a third term, handily beating two opponents in the Republican primary and having no other rivals for the North Mississippi county’s top law enforcement post.

With all 39 precincts reporting, The Commercial Appeal reports Rasco had 19, 775 votes, 86 percent Tuesday night, to 2,764 for Russell Lynch and 568 for James Weifenbach.

During Rasco’s watch, a new $14 million, 280-bed adult detention center was opened in December 2012 to relieve crowding at the old 395-bed downtown jail. An $8.4 million, 268-bed second phase is nearing completion on the 51-acre campus just south of the Hernando city limits. The vision is for a facility with expansion capability for 1,000 inmates, including pretrial detainees, to meet DeSoto’s needs well into the century.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com


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