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Great-grandmother, 71, files to run to be Sorrento's next chief of police Nov. 4


SORRENTO, Louisiana — Fern Barnett, a 71-year-old great-grandmother, is running to be the next Sorrento chief of police Nov. 4.

In doing so, Barnett has likely prevented the quick end to the police department that town officials have been building momentum toward for more than a year.

The Advocate reports ( ) Barnett, who recently retired as assistant town clerk, qualified Wednesday to run for the remaining term of former Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr.

Barnett's candidacy puts a widely expected twist on a town proposition whether they should abolish both the position of the elected police chief and the police department.

Barnett's candidacy means Sorrento voters will either have a new chief selected — if she is unopposed, and at the same time decide whether to abolish the chief's position and the department.

Information from: The Advocate,

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