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|Maxwell won't seek re-election|
Sheriff Randy Maxwell announced Tuesday that he would not seek another term as sheriff of Concordia Parish.
Maxwell, 60, told his employees during a staff meeting at the correctional facility that he will retire at the end of his present term which ends in June 2012. At that time, he will have served 22 years as sheriff.
Qualifying for sheriff and other parish offices is slated in September.
He said he was not "physically able" after two back surgeries to campaign door-to-door.
"My heart and mind wants to run, but my body can't do it," he said. "I truly love this job, but I can't give 100 percent and that's what the people deserve."
He said he also wants to spend more time with his family, and choked up when recalling that his wife Roselinda "has been with me every step of the way. I've been blessed. The Lord has been good to me."
Maxwell said he's "been wrestling" over whether to seek re-election for quite some time, saying the decision not to run was one of the most difficult of his life.
"I've been wearing a badge for 44 years," he said, having served 19 years as a state trooper before becoming sheriff in 1990. He will have completed five and one-half terms when he retires next year.
He said his first political card carried the pledge: "Give me a chance to make a difference."
"When I first took office the sheriff's office had two cars, two desks, no money and owed $487,000," he said.
On his second day on the job, Maxwell said he called the late Travis Gore, then president of Concordia Bank, for a loan to make payroll.
"I had to sign personally" for the loan, Maxwell said.
He said the sheriff's office was then under a federal court order restricting the number of prisoners in the parish jail.
"I had to let two or three out before the weekends" to handle the weekend arrests, he said.
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