ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Cecil Cantrell has stepped down as sheriff of Monroe County.
Monroe County District 1 Supervisor Joseph Richardson confirmed this information with WTVA Tuesday afternoon.
He was in the middle of notifying other Monroe County supervisors about the sheriff's decision.
Richardson later confirmed the sheriff’s resignation is effective immediately.
Supervisors will make an appointment by Friday, he said.
Chief Deputy Curtis Knight will assume the role of sheriff until supervisors make a decision.
Cantrell was defeated in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 6. However, his current term concludes at the end of the year.