Press Release – In a private ceremony held in his office this morning, William Earl Hilton was sworn in as Sheriff of Rapides Parish for his sixth term. Ninth Judicial District Judge John Davidson administered the oath of office with the Sheriff’s wife, Billie Faye, looking on.
Sheriff Hilton was elected Sheriff in 1992 and served four more terms running unopposed until he retired in 2008. In 2012, he was re-elected and again in 2015.
“I look forward to our new term in office and I am proud of the work we have done over the last four years,” said Sheriff Hilton. “Some of our accomplishments were the re-opening of sub-stations, the implementation of our Cyber Crimes Unit where investigators specialize on computer crime and child pornography, and partnering with the Rapides Parish School Board in implementing the daytime ‘boot camp’ at the Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students (RAPPS).”
“ I am very proud to lead the dedicated men and women of our department and we will continue to work every day and serve the people of Rapides Parish to the best of our ability and face new challenges over the next four years. Some of those challenges are possible budget cuts in the amount of per diem the State of Louisiana pays for DOC (convicted) inmates, the mental health crisis in Central Louisiana since the closure of Huey P. Long and the increase use of heroin as well as the recent heroin overdoses in our parish. These are challenges that Sheriff’s all over the state are facing, so we are not alone.”
“On a personal note, I am very proud of the work our detectives, along with the United States Marshals Service, have done in bringing Frank Selas, aka “Mr. Wonder” to justice after 37 years. As a law enforcement officer, we never forget our victims and there are some cases that are always in the back of our minds. The Selas case was one of those cases and now that he is in our jail, we look forward to our day in court.”
The new four year term starts July 1st, 2016.