Retiring DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco left his office in Hernando for the final time on Sunday, Dec. 31 replete with best wishes, thanks, and a roadway of law enforcement officers, friend and well-wishers wishing him the best.
Rasco was first elected as sheriff in 2007, defeating Sheriff James Riley in a primary election and advancing to election in the November general election. In 2022, Rasco announced his retirement at the end of the current term and endorsed Thomas Tuggle as his replacement. Tuggle defeated County Supervisor Michael Lee in the August primary and had no opposition in the November general election.
Sunday, Rasco left the office with Tuggle for the final time and was greeted by well wishers as he departed.
As he departed, the retiring sheriff received his final call from dispatch.
Rasco responded with an emotional word of thanks to the department.
As leader of county law enforcement, Rasco was recognized statewide for his leadership and what he brought to protecting the residents of DeSoto County during his tenure. Among his accomplishments was the construction of the Adult Detention Center at a cost of $14 million, a facility that opened in 2012.
Most recently, Rasco was named state Sheriff of the Year by the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association.