By Cyndi Sellers
Sheriff Ron Johnson was sworn in for his third term on Friday, June 12, along with Chief Deputy Chris Savoie and all his deputies. Johnson was elected last fall, but the new term begins July 1 for sheriffs. He was able to schedule the event early because his commission had already been issued by the Governor. The Sheriff’s son, Calcasieu Parish Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson, a qualified Notary Public, administered the oath.
Representatives of the Cameron Parish Police Jury, Clerk of Court Susan Racca, Assessor Orson Billings, and Assessor-elect Darrell Williams were present, as well as Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods.
Cameron Parish District Attorney Jennifer Jones served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by 38th Judicial District Judge Penelope Richard, and the National Anthem was sung by Kimberly Leger. Grand Lake Faith Temple Pastor Kris Howerton voiced the invocation, citing the verse from the Gospel of Matthew, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
Sheriff Johnson thanked all the officials present for their willingness to work together to achieve the goal of a safe and peaceful parish. He recalled the difficult days when the department had to cope with a $1 million budget deficit, and was happy to report that those days seem to be past, thanks to the beginning of tax revenues from two LNG companies.
“A new day is coming, and its going to be bright,” Johnson said, promising changes that will be announced at a staff meeting this week. He complimented all his staff for their outstanding work and said he looks forward to a positive four years.