- Associated Press - Monday, February 18, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana sheriff serving his sixth term said he’s decided to retire.

Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he will not run for re-election, opting to retire so he can spend time with his family, including his 12-year-old grandson who wants to be a police officer. When he leaves office midway through 2020, he will have served in law enforcement for 50 years.

“It’s been a good journey,” Hilton said. “The people and citizens of Rapides Parish have been very good to me. We’ve worked hard. We have a good department. We have a lot of good people - a lot of dedicated people. They are going to continue to work hard for the citizens of this parish.”

Hilton was elected sheriff for the first time in 1992. He served four terms and retired in 2008 but ran again in 2012 and 2015.

News outlets report Hilton said he likely would endorse a candidate in the upcoming race to replace him, but says that won’t happen until later.



“Whoever assumes the position of sheriff in the parish better be willing to be on call and work seven days a week, from no-set hours in the morning to no-set hours at night,” said Hilton, as his wife, Billie, nodded her head in agreement.

He had praise for her too, saying the future sheriff would need the support of a spouse in order to do the job.

“She’s always been with me. She was with me when we started this journey, and she’s right here with me when we’re finishing the journey,” he said.

Qualifying for the sheriff’s race will be held Aug. 6-8. The election will be held on Oct. 12 - Hilton’s birthday.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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