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George County welcomes new sheriff Keith Havard

Keith Havard was sworn in on Monday as George County's new sheriff. (Photo source: WLOX News) Keith Havard was sworn in on Monday as George County's new sheriff. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

There's a new sheriff in town in George County. Keith Havard was sworn in as the new sheriff in a ceremony early Monday. He comes to the position from the Jackson County Metro Enforcement team and specializes in narcotics. Havard said he's ready.

"Well one of the first things we want to do is go ahead put more patrolmen on the road. The county is in dire need of more protection out in the rural areas. So we're really trying to get them as much protection as we can to get the ball rolling," said George County Sheriff Keith Havard.

Havard also said he wants to work on building better relationships between law enforcement and the community. Havard beat incumbent Dean Howell in the August primary election.

He has served as a patrol and investigations supervisor with the Ocean Springs Police Department. He also served on the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and as commander of the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team. He is also an Army veteran who earned a combat award for valor in Operation Desert Storm.

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