Richard K. Sobers, 59, of Ethel, has announced his candidacy for East Feliciana Parish sheriff.
Retired from the Baton Rouge Police Department after 25 years of service, Sobers was second in command of the Operational Services Bureau, recognized as a National Police Official of the Year, received a Life Saving award, and was part of various task forces, divisions and security details, he said in a release.
Since retiring, he has remained active in law enforcement throughout East Feliciana Parish. He was appointed special investigator by the district attorney, conceived of a law enforcement monument for fallen officers, established Missing Persons Month, organized Neighborhood Watch groups and created a crime watch page on social media.
Sobers is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for children, member of the East Feliciana Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council and East Feliciana Interfaith Community Action Team, supports the Council on Aging and maintains an Air Med landing at his home for the community.
He attended elementary and high school in East Feliciana and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He is a member of Providence No. 1 Baptist Church in Ethel.
“If elected, I will take immediate action improving upon matters concerning child and elderly abuse, domestic violence and sex crime investigations, making it mandatory for all deputies to receive special training in these areas,” Sobers said. “I’ll make illegal drug activity a priority, as well as crime prevention, community relations, safety for students and cold cases.”
The election is Oct. 24.