MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) - The new DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson was sworn in on Thursday morning.
The official swearing-in took place at 8:30 a.m. at the DeSoto Parish Courthouse.
Richardson said he's planning to increase transparency in the parish by enhancing the department's digital presence.
"We want to let them know on a regular basis what we're doing, the things we're doing in the community, the things deputies are doing and the accomplishments they're making," said Richardson. "We want to make sure we put our stake in the grounds as the top law enforcement in this area."
The new sheriff plans to roll out a number of public service programs, further bridging the gap between the parish with its law enforcement.
DPSO's "Bringing Joye" initiative is one of those programs, which was inspired by Joye Malone, Richardsons's aunt, who has down syndrome.
"She's been the center of our family for so long and always has been," said Richardson.
"Bringing Joye" will work to create events for the special needs community in DeSoto Parish, including dances and parties.
"That particular area is something I'm really passionate about," said Richardson. "When we talked about creating the program, I wanted someway to pay tribute to her."
Richardson's appointment comes a week after former Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle abruptly announced his resignation.
"I have no concerns simply because I feel like I'm surrounded by the best group of law enforcement anyone could assemble," said Richardson. "We consider ourselves a top law enforcement agency in the area, I don't believe our citizens deserve anything less here."
A special election is likely being held this November to fill the role of DeSoto Parish sheriff. Richardson told KSLA Thursday he plans to run for the position.
Sheriff Richardson is taking the place of Former Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, who announced his retirement last week.