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|Ronnie Brown's public service began in Concordia Parish|
While Ronnie Brown was in his second term as Adams County sheriff when he died of a heart attack on Tuesday, many remember that Brown got his start in public service in Concordia Parish during his early 20s when he was elected as a Vidalia alderman in 1972.
"I came on as an alderman in 1976," said Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland, "and Ronnie had already served. I really enjoyed working with him through the years. He was an outstanding sheriff and will be greatly missed. We talked periodically and he was just a super person, a good law enforcement man and a people person."
Sheriff Randy Maxwell said Brown "was a very laid back, likable man, just a great guy. He was very compassionate and never once did we call on him when he didn't deliver. I know that all in law enforcement, especially Concordia, will miss him."
Brown was a 1967 graduate of Vidalia High School. He worked for five years at Natchez Photo Company before seeking an alderman's post when Sidney Murray was mayor.
During his campaign, his theme was jobs for Vidalia.
He noted at the time: "When I graduated from high school in 1967, there were 60 graduates in my class. Due to the lack of job opportunities, there are only eight of those people living in Vidalia today."
Brown headed the 1973 Red Cross Fund Drive in Concordia. At the time, he was a member of the Vidalia Jaycees, the Natchez Order of Elks and the Vidalia First Baptist Church.
Brown resigned as an alderman in 1975 to take a job in Mississippi. He was first elected sheriff in 2003 and took office in early 2004.
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