Sheriff’s Department Promotes Four Sergeants

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department recently upgraded their team with the creation of the role of Sergeant. L.J. McNece, Joe Quarles, Ethan Tidwell, and Justin Wilson were promoted to the new position.

The job of a Sergeant is multi-faceted. In Lafayette County, they assist the Captain and Lieutenant in maintaining daily operations, managing prisoner transportation and scheduling prisoner-required doctor visits. They also coordinate with the Warrant Officer to serve warrants and ensure all subpoenas and summons are served.

Sergeants contribute to the development of the department by working as field training officers. In addition to training, they keep deputies advised on changes in policies and procedures.

“Sergeants will be the go-to for our deputies with policy and procedural questions,” said Alan Wilburn, Major of the Sheriff’s Department. “Our new Sergeants are lifelong residents of Lafayette County. They care about our community and its people.”

All four Sergeants have spent decades, if not all of their lives, in Lafayette County. They are veterans of the Sheriff’s Department, joining under previous sheriff, F.D. “Buddy” East.

McNece began working for the Lafayette County Detention Center in 2014 before being hired as a Sheriff’s Deputy in 2015. Quarles has worked for the Sheriff’s Department since 2015. Tidwell started working with the Lafayette County Detention Center in 2015 and then was hired as a Sheriff’s Deputy in 2017. Justin Wilson joined the Sheriff’s Department in 2015. In addition to their new promotions to Sergeant in January 2021, they each remain active members of the Swat Team.

“We are proud of the work each of our new Sergeants and grateful for their leadership in our department,” Joey East, Lafayette County Sheriff, said.

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