William Earl Hilton served us as sheriff for 16 years with professionalism, effectiveness, and integrity. His experience and dedication set him apart as the very best qualified candidate.
Sheriff Hilton has been married for 46 years to Billie Faye Gunter Hilton. They have two grown children, Shane and Kristy, and one grandchild, 4-year-old Slade Hilton. He attends Homewood Baptist Church.
Sheriff Hilton founded the Louisiana Youth Academy Juvenile Boot Camp. He increased parish prison capacity from 278 to almost 1000. He opened additional sub-stations, and reduced response time. He established a training academy for corrections officers.
He placed a full-time deputy in every school in Rapides Parish to keep our children safe.
Using federal grant funds, he obtained a Mobile Command Center and a SWAT Team Response Vehicle.
Sheriff Hilton is very active in civic affairs and the community. He has served on the Region VI Mental Health Advisory Council and the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America Attakappas Council. He has been on the Board of Advisors for Renaissance Home For Youth. He is a past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana; a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; a member of the Central Louisiana Coalition To Prevent Homelessness; and he has chaired fundraising events for the Heart Fund, the March Of Dimes, and the Red Cross.
Sheriff Hilton is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Shreveport Consistory, and a member of Oliver Masonic Lodge #84 and Gardner Lodge #482. He is a member of the El Karubah Shrine Temple, and past president of the Cenla Shrine Club.
He is a past president of the of the Rapides Cattlemanʼs Association, and a charter member of the Central Louisiana High School Rodeo Association.
A member of the National Rifle Association, Sheriff Hilton is an avid sportsman, both hunting and fishing. He is a member of many sportsmen organizations, and enjoys fishing with his son and grandson.
A real leader.