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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Incoming Lamar County sheriff Scott Cass on Monday announced a command staff of eight officers – including Jeff Springer, longtime Paris Police Department narcotics officer, as his chief deputy.
“I have chosen a good chief deputy. I wanted a hard worker, someone with good character and integrity, someone approachable, someone highly trained,” Cass said.
“We worked so many cases together over the years and just forged a good working relationship,” the new sheriff said of Springer, who has 33 years of experience, most of it with the Paris Police Department, whom he served for a dozen years as supervisor of the narcotics division. He was also the department’s expert in crime scene, blood spatter and fingerprints.
Springer retired last March from the police department. Since then, he had been ranching with his father near Roxton in southwest Lamar County.
“When he got ready to run for sheriff, he told me, ‘Now, don’t you get used to retirement. When I get elected, you’recoming to work for me.’ I liked retirement. I liked getting up and playing with the cows. But the more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me,” Springer said.
Cass announced his top staff late Monday morning, about 12 hours before County Clerk Kathy Marlowe would swear him in as Lamar County’s new sheriff in a midnight ceremony, as 2012 turned into 2013.
Cass, 49, served with outgoing Sheriff Sheriff B.J. McCoy for all of McCoy’s 20 years as sheriff, including the past 13 years as chief deputy.
He defeated longtime DPS law enforcement officer Johnny Williams in the Republican Primary last May and had no opposition in the November General Election.
Cass’s new command staff has 183 years of law enforcement experience:
Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.
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