COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Lowndes County elected a narcotics lieutenant as its next sheriff in Tuesday's general election.
Eddie Hawkins defeating Anthony Nelson.
Hawkins won with 9, 800 votes, not including absentee ballots or affidavits.
He said he's humbled the people of Lowndes County chose him to take this position.
Hawkins has a 25-year career in law enforcement.
He worked as an auxiliary police officer at the Columbus Police Department, worked at the Aberdeen Police Department, returned to the Columbus Police Department to work full-time, and worked with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
He became a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Drug Enforcement Administration agent with the Task Force.
Hawkins believes his experience prepared him for his new role as sheriff.
His priority while in office will be to reduce drug activity in the county.
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