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Replacement named after state’s longest-serving sheriff dies

September 15, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A replacement has been named after Mississippi’s longest-serving sheriff died.

The Oxford Eagle reports that Lafayette County supervisors voted unanimously this week named John Hill as sheriff after F.D. “Buddy” East’s death last week.

East had named Hill as his chief deputy in one of his last official acts.

Hill will serve out the remainder of East’s term until December 2019. Lafayette County voters will choose a new sheriff in elections next year, and Hill will be eligible to run.

East died on Sept. 8 after 46 years as sheriff. The 76-year-old was serving his 12th term and planned to run for a 13th term in 2019.

Board of Supervisors President Jeff Busby, before voting to appoint Hill, called East a legend whose “shoes will never be filled.”

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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