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Sarepta residents elect new police chief, aldermen

by Minden Press-Herald

SAREPTA – The Town of Sarepta now has a new police chief.

Ted Lewis took the chief of police position with 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

“I feel honored to serve the Town of Sarepta,” he said. “My main goal is to serve and protect the citizens of Sarepta.”

With incumbent Chief Bill Fields retiring, three decided to run for the seat. His opponents, Richard Downs and Raymond Moore Jr. said they would support the new chief.

“If I wasn’t running, my vote would be with Ted Lewis,” Moore said.

He said he loves Sarepta and its people. One of the needs he sees is the need to have police presence on the highways.

“Sarepta needs somebody out here controlling traffic that comes through,” he said.
Downs wished Lewis “good luck.”


The Town of Sarepta has five aldermen. Incumbents are: Michael A. Corley, Melanie Dean, Michael “Tony” Howard, David Neal and Sheila Lewis Putnam.

Seven candidates qualified for the seats. Their complete, but unofficial results are:

Michael A. Corley: 250 votes, or 16 percent.

Melanie Dean: 225 votes, or 14 percent.

Patty Fain: 136 votes, or nine percent.

Kenneth Ivy: 201 votes, or 13 percent.

David Neal: 202 votes, or 13 percent.

Madison Claire Tyler: 254 votes, or 16 percent.

Heath Warford: 291 votes, or 19 percent.

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