Sheriff Hilton and Mayor Fields get into the Hall of Fame

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WINNFIELD, La. (KALB) - Friends, supporters, and family members packed the house in Winnfield at the Louisiana Political Museum, shaking hands and saying "congratulations" to those inducted into Louisiana's Hall of Fame.

Rapides Sheriff William Hilton and Pineville's Mayor Clarence Fields both go into Louisiana's Political Hall of Fame. | KALB

"It's significant to honor a man that gives tirelessly to his community," Rich Dupree, Pineville's chief of staff said.

Two of the inductees served in Rapides Parish, Pineville's Mayor Clarence Fields and Sheriff William Hilton.

"I've served in political jobs all of my life," Hilton said.

Sheriff Hilton holds more 50 years of law enforcement service to the parish, and his longevity and outstanding service helped him get inducted to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2006, and 14 years later he's enjoying another induction ceremony.

"There are legends here in the museum from Earl Long right on up to today," Hilton said. "This is a beautiful museum and I'm very honored to be accepted and inducted into it."

Hilton plans to retire this July.

Alongside Sheriff Hilton, Clarence Fields will join him in immortality.

"You try to do the best that you possibly can, and do the right thing," Fields said. "Obviously, the Lord has blessed me and my community with this honor."

Mayor Fields took office back in Dec. 14, 1999 and more than 20 years later, he's now in his sixth term.

"It's just wonderful," Fields said. "Breathtaking!"

"I am very proud of him and his accomplishments," Clarence's wife, Rosa Fields said.

The night wrapped up over at the Winnfield Civic Center and featured a guest appearance from a former governor, Edwin Edwards.

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