Desoto County News

Rasco named state Sheriff of the Year

Retiring DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco was named the Mississippi Sheriffs Association’s Sheriff of the Year during the MSA Summer Conference at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi on Tuesday evening, June 7.  

Retiring DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco

Rasco was honored for his law enforcement career, which began with his election over incumbent Sheriff James Albert Riley in 2007.  Among his accomplishments was the construction of the Adult Detention Center at a cost of $14 million, a facility that opened in 2012.  

Rasco has announced he would not be seeking re-election, which has set up a two-person Republican primary race between Michael Lee and Thomas Tuggle, and with no Democratic challenger, the Republican primary winner will become the new sheriff.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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