Speculation Rampant on Lincoln Sheriff Plans

The local political gossip has gone into high gear this week, after word got out that Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone had called an “all hands on deck” meeting of all deputies, including the Sheriff’s Citizen Observer Patrol (SCOP) for this afternoon.

Informed speculation is that Stone may announce his retirement and leave office at the end of the current term, which ends June 30, 2020. Stone took office on June 30, 2004.

Elections are set for this fall, with the primary on Saturday, October 12, 2019. If a runoff is needed, the election will be Saturday, November 16.

If Stone retires, expect his Chief Criminal Deputy Stephen Williams to throw his hat into the ring, with Stone’s blessing.

Regardless of what Stone does, there WILL be a race for sheriff this fall.

Running hard for the past year is former deputy George Webb.

LPNO readers will recall that Webb’s sister, Becky, ran a very strong race for Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor in 2011, receiving 45% of the vote.

Local political observers have noted that Webb is working the parish non-stop, and never fails to shake every hand anyplace a crowd is gathered.

Also running is former Ruston Police Chief Randal Hermes.

Hermes now serves as Chief of the Louisiana Tech University Police.

Update – 7:40 PM

As expected, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone announced today that he would not be seeking re-election this fall, LPNO has learned.

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3 Responses to “Speculation Rampant on Lincoln Sheriff Plans”

  1. Ladybug Says:

    Someone, Please say something.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    What is there to say? The Stone reign is ending. Oh for the days of Wayne Houck!!!!!

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    […] Online got wind that Mike Stone plans to retire as sheriff a few days in advance. Now it’s speculating on his […]

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