League of Women Voters Meets with Sheriff’s Office Staff

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League of Women Voters of Natchitoches members discussed Sheriff’s Office responsibilities with (standing, left to right) Kenny Kaufman, Merry Byers and Sheriff Victor Jones. Seated, clockwise from left, LWV Natchitoches president Meg Barnum, Judy Allen, Dian Snowden, Betty Shields, Ann Manger (partially hidden) and Betty Smith.

Sheriff Victor Jones and two of his division chiefs met with the League of Women Voters of Natchitoches on February 22 for an informative discussion of the responsibilities of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Merry Byers, Chief of Community Services, spoke about the various activities her division carries out, including the services they provide to families in need, recovering drug offenders, and victims of domestic violence. Kenny Kaufman, Chief of the Civil and Tax Division, outlined the taxes and other revenues the Sheriff’s Office collects and the allocation of those revenues to the various parish departments and programs. Sheriff Jones emphasized the importance of renewing the 0.5% sales tax that is on the March 5 ballot and that supports the many activities of the Sheriff’s Office.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate and instead has two primary roles: (1) to present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues and (2) to study issues and advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

The League of Women Voters of Natchitoches meets on the fourth Monday of each month at The Front Street Marketplace (formerly Cane Break Café). The meetings are open to the public, and both women and men are welcome. The next meeting will be Monday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.