- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) - Grenada Police Chief Ben E. Williams has taken a leave of absence to concentrate on his campaign for Grenada County sheriff.

According to local media reports, City Manager Charles Weathers says Capt. Garrett Hartley is in charge of the police department.

Williams and three others are vying for the county sheriff’s seat.

Mayor Billy Collins says Williams’ leave is effective until at least after the Aug. 4 Democratic Party primary.

Incumbent Sheriff Alton Strider and Lee Tartt are also on the Democratic primary ballot. Independent candidate Ricky Downs will be on the November ballot.

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