NATCHITOCHES, La. (NPSO) – After winning five successful elections for sheriff since 1999, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, Jr. announced on Thursday he won’t seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term in 2020.
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“When my term as sheriff is complete next year, I will have over 43 years of working in the Sheriff’s Office," Jones said. "It has been the most rewarding career I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful to my fellow deputies through the years and the current team in the Sheriff’s Office who work tirelessly to serve the citizens of our parish. This is a good time for me and for the office to make this transition. We have a great group of trained professionals in the office who will continue to serve the next administration well. As for me, I am in good health and am looking forward to enjoying my family and friends in retirement."
Jones began his career with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1977, beginning as a dispatcher and a patrol deputy. He ascended through the ranks during his years of service, working in every department of the office. In 1992, Jones was selected to attend the FBI National Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Jones was first elected Sheriff in 1999 and was re-elected four subsequent times, the most recent election earning 91% of the votes cast. In 2011, Jones was enshrined in the Louisiana Criminal Justice Hall of Fame for his leadership in the promoting community and youth services as an integral part of a sheriff’s office.
“I have always said that you measure success in law enforcement not by counting how many people you put in jail, but how many people you helped make the right choices to stay out of jail," Jones said. "That has been my motto since I first put on the badge."