The Town of Haughton will have a new sheriff…err make that “Chief”…in town once the ballots from the Nov. 8 election are counted.
Next month will see voters make big decisions about the future of their nation and their town, including who will be the new chief of police.
Residents will have three choices —Wayne Berry, Ronald “Todd” Gibson, and Adrian Ruffin.
The Bossier Press-Tribune was able to speak with the candidates and asked them the following questions:
1. Why are you running for Police Chief?
2. What will be your priority for the town and why?
3. What do you want to say to potential voters?
Below, you can read their responses [Ed.’s note: calls to Adrian Ruffin were not returned by press time].
1. I have a long history in law enforcement. I’ve been in law enforcement since 1990 and I have a passion for the town on Haughton. My family lives there, my mom and dad have been there for over 20 years and we just love the town of Haughton. There are a lot of things I think the people of Haughton deserve, but they aren’t getting from the police department now. I think there are changes that need to be made, training that needs to happen. My biggest thing with the town of Haughton right now is the training and the relationship between them and the people. I want to bring ‘officer friendly’ back to the police department in Haughton. I want a more community oriented police department that’s involved in the community and in our schools. I just think living in a small town you should be able to have a friendly conversation with a police officer. I think the kids should be able to look up to police officers. Those things are very important to me. When I was a kid, I was a member of the explorers with the Bossier City Police Department and it made a big difference in my life. That’s one of the reasons why we should be involved in our schools so we can send a positive idea of what a police officer is.
2. My first priority would be to initiate training programs for our officers. In all of my years of policing, my biggest thing was communication skills and teaching our guys how to communicate with the public. They need to be trained to do their job at the best of their ability. The town of Haughton deserves to have police officers that are trained. There’s just not a good relationship between our officers and the citizens right now and I want to do whatever it takes to restore that.
3. You have a choice. A lot of people don’t feel like they have a choice and that it has been the same establishment for so long. The people of Haughton want change. They want something fresh, new and different. I’m here to offer you that change.
Ronald “Todd” Gibson
1. I care about the people in this community. I’ve lived here for about 20 years and I have developed a close relationship with a lot of people in this town. I want to make sure the people are well protected and taken care of with any needs they may have.
2. Community policing — I want to get our officers more involved with the residents here. Our town is growing and it’s growing at a rapid pace. I don’t want the officers to be disconnected from the community and I’d like to see them get more involved with the churches and the schools here.
3. We’re always here for them and we always have been. Whatever they need, let us know and we’ll be glad to help them in anyway that we can.