Randy White begins first term in office

Randy White begins first term in office

Randy White Randy White
Bill Bivens Bill Bivens
MADISONVILLE (WATE) - New Monroe County Sheriff Randy White began his first term in office Monday.

Randy White was officially sworn in Thursday night before a standing room only crowd.

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Taking 53% of the vote, White beat out incumbent Sheriff Bill Bivens by more than 700 votes.

Bivens filed a lawsuit claiming White didn't meet the necessary criteria to serve as sheriff.

The lawsuit claims that he did not serve enough years of full-time law enforcement duty in the 10 years prior to the election to qualify. White maintains he was a full-time law enforcement officer for the required amount of time.

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The former sheriff also suggested that if White cannot be declared the winner, then at least the entire election should be declared void and those with proper authority should either appoint a new sheriff or order a new election. In this case, Bivens asks that he remain sheriff until the new one is chosen.

A special judge denied the iinjunctionand the motion to dismiss the lawsuit is expected to be heard in October.

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