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Jun 29, 2012 8:41 AM by AP

Jefferson Davis Parish has new sheriff

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish has a new sheriff for the first time in two decades.

The American Press reports former State Trooper Ivy Woods was sworn in Thursday as sheriff by Clerk of Court Rick Arceneaux.

Woods will also serve as the parish's new director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

He succeeds veteran law enforcement officer Ricky Edwards, who is retiring as sheriff after 20 years to take a position with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association.

Woods resigned his position as sergeant of the Louisiana State Police last August to run for sheriff. He had served 21 years with state police.

He won the five-man race to replace Edwards last October.

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