RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton announced Tuesday morning that he will not run for re-election.
Sheriff Hilton, a Democrat, was sworn in for his sixth term in June 2016. He was elected sheriff for the first time in 1992. He served four terms, running unopposed. He retired in 2008 and then came back and ran again in 2012 and 2015.
"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 thanked the people that work with him, including praising the work of Chief Jerrod King of APD.
"We've accomplished quite a bit over the years," Hilton continued. "Law enforcement is a moving thing. Things are always changing. There are always new events we have to deal with."
Hilton went on to say that a sheriff's position comes with hard work and dedication to the job.
"Whoever assumes the position of sheriff in the parish better be willing to be on call and work seven days a week," Hilton said. "No set hours in the morning and no set hours at night."
Sheriff Hilton made the announcement at a press conference in his office about the decision.