Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick

After serving eight years as sheriff of Concordia Parish, Kenneth Hedrick announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election.

"After months of prayer, it is with a saddened but optimistic heart that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election for the position of Sheriff of Concordia Parish,” Hedrick said Tuesday. “Serving as sheriff of this wonderful parish has been one of the greatest privileges of my entire career.”

He said “this eight-year journey has renewed my faith in the future of this parish. This position has afforded me the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best public servants that any man could wish to be a part of and for that I am forever grateful.

“I wish to thank my wife Linda and my sons, Jared, Ivan and David for enduring this journey with me and for supporting me in my decision to not seek re-election."

Hedrick started his law enforcement career with the Ferriday Police Department in 1969 and served as police chief from 1976-1981 before working as a wildlife enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from 1981-2008.

He was appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to a second term as Chief of Ferriday Police in 2008.

Hedrick has attended more than 30 police training schools, including many in management.

He grew up in Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School in 1967.

He was elected sheriff in 2011, defeating Charles "Junior" Tarver and Robert "Rock" Davis with 51.80 percent of the votes.

Hedrick was reelected in 2015, defeating Payne Scott.

Hedrick said he was grateful to the employees of the CPSO for their service as well.

"And, most importantly, my most heartfelt thanks goes out to the citizens of Concordia Parish," he said.

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