Three more candidates enter election fray

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 12, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; As of Friday, three more candidates had entered the fray of county elections.

Officer Charles Woods of the Natchez Police Department qualified Friday to run for the sheriff’s post.

He joins incumbent Sheriff Tommy Ferrell and state probation and Ronnie Brown, who have already qualified with the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s Office to run for the position.

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Woods currently works as public relations officer and Citizens’ Academy coordinator for the Natchez Police Department, where he has worked since 1993. He is coordinator of Miss-Lou Crimestoppers and law enforcement advisor for the citizen crime-fighting group TRIAD.

Woods, who has 27 years of law enforcement experience, previously worked for the Inglewood (Calif.) Police Department, the New Orleans Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Army. &uot;With the experience I bring from larger cities, we can have a very professional law enforcement environment,&uot; Woods said.

Brown now works as a probation and parole officer with the state Department of Corrections, overseeing six offices serving 10 counties.

Ferrell is running for his fifth term as sheriff and has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 1969.

Ferrell currently serves as president of the National Sheriff’s Association but has also led the state sheriffs’ and deputies’ associations.

Ferrell has also served with the National Guard since 1970.

Others who qualified last week to run in the November elections include incumbent county Supervisor Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell and incumbent Constable Danny Rollins.

The deadline for filing qualifying papersat the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s Office is Feb. 28.