Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff elect sworn into position - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff elect sworn into position

JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

After eight months since Jeff Davis Parish elected Ivy Woods as the new Sheriff, he is finally sworn into office on Thursday, June 28.

The court house in Jennings was packed with family, friends, colleagues and citizens of the parish has Woods took his position.

Woods' term doesn't officially begin until July 1, but he's looking forward to taking over the Sheriff's Department in Jeff Davis Parish.

"I'm just waiting to get after it and do the duties of the sheriff," Woods said. "It's one of those things of anticipation. You don't know what to look forward to."

Woods has worked in law enforcement for 21 years and he has a plan for when he finally takes over as Sheriff.

"The main thing is we need to get out there and be proactive as a Sheriff's Department, be seen in these communities where most of this violence is occurring," he said.

He plans on getting a newer and bigger jail for the parish, a narcotics unit, as well as working with other law enforcement agencies. And he's ready to take over the case of the eight unsolved murder mysteries.

"That is a top priority of mine. The first thing I want to do in the first week is meet with the families of the victims and make them aware that we're going to continue with the investigation. Give it some fresh eyes and explore other means. There is a task force I place to meet with them and get me updated of what's going on," he said.

Maybe finally come to some answers for the people of Jeff Davis and the families of the victims.

Woods has a busy agenda to attend to in the upcoming months as Sheriff, but all for the sake of the safety of Jeff Davis Parish and its citizens.

Again, Woods doesn't take office officially until July 1.

Cameron Parish will also see their new sheriff take office. Ron Johnson is scheduled to be sworn in on Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the Cameron Parish courthouse.

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