New sheriffs coming to town

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 6, 2011

VIDALIA — The Louisiana Sheriff’s Association will be in town for its 2011 midwinter conference in Vidalia starting Monday.

Concordia Parish Sheriff Randy Maxwell is hosting the event, which will be Monday and Tuesday of next week at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

“We’re expecting a huge turnout and we’re really looking forward to it,” Maxwell said. “We’re anticipating that a number of state elected officials will attend, including the governor.”

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Maxwell said sheriffs from around the state will review upcoming legislative proposals, and will attend a training session on habitual offender issues, among other topics at the conference.

Many of the law enforcement officials will also be bringing their spouses and members of their respective families.

Maxwell said the Louisiana Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Board of Managers meeting is slated for Tuesday, along with meetings for the finance committee and the LSA building committee.

This is not the first time Vidalia has been chosen as the host city for law enforcement programs, Maxwell said.

Along with previously hosting the LSA conference, Vidalia also hosted the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement in September 2009 and the Red River Delta Law Enforcement Planning Council Inc., which is the planning agency for Concordia and seven other local parish law enforcement agencies, in the late summer of 2009.

Maxwell said many of the law enforcement officers in both organizations also serve on the LSA.

Having this many conferences in Vidalia is something to be proud of, Maxwell said.

“We’re excited to host this meeting once again,” he said. “We had a great turnout once before and all attendees wanted to return to this area. That says a lot for the conference center staff and the cordial treatment everyone received throughout the Miss-Lou.”