POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:23pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Mickey McMorris says he wants to put more deputies on the streets if he is elected sheriff. "I want to use my talents to serve the people of Livingston Parish," McMorris says.
McMorris worked in law enforcement for 25 years. He retired three years ago, but he says the job isn't over.
"This is not a retirement job," he says. "I am retired from state police, but I have a lot of energy left in me."
McMorris says he's running for Livingston Parish sheriff because he believes it's time for a change. "We need to get a handle on crime in Livingston Parish, and that's what we're going to do."
According to the US Census, Livingston Parish grew from about 91,000 people in 2000 to more than 128,000 in 2010. It's one of the fastest growing parishes in the state. McMorris says there needs to be more deputies out in the parish to meet the needs of the growing population.
"You have to start with prevention first, and now I have to start prevention and law enforcement at the same time," he says. "More deputies on the road, more narcotics investigators, more crime scene investigation units to roll out to all these crime scenes."
McMorris says to put more deputies out there, he needs money. "I need that money to reallocate resources to make sure we have more deputies on the road," he says. "Deputies fight crime."
He says that money will come from within the department. If he's elected, he plans to run financial and operational audits on the sheriff's office to see where he can cut costs and save money.
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"Salaries are elevated at the top," he explains. "I have put that I am going to reduce those salaries and push that money to the road deputies. That's where you need your resources...on the road where the rubber meets the highway."
McMorris says his plan should be put in place now.
"Those are issues that need to be tackled right away. There need to be solutions now, not when I become sheriff," he says. "Someone needs to be working on these problems now because the fiscal impact is growing.
Now, he just hopes he'll get the chance to do what he says he does best. "I've been all my life trained to take this job."