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Sheriff Ward Calhoun, III

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun standing in front of the flag of the United States of America.

Elected the 37th Sheriff of Lauderdale County, Ward Calhoun, III is a graduate of Meridian High School Class of 1983, Mississippi College in 1987, The Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy 1996, Leadership Lauderdale 2000 and the F.B.I. National Academy in 2001.

He began his Law Enforcement career in April 1992 as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and made the career move to full-time Deputy Sheriff in 1996. In 1997 he became the Community Policing Deputy and Grant Coordinator. Chief Calhoun was promoted to Major over the Uniformed Patrol Division in 2000, and in 2005, he was promoted to Chief Deputy and served as the Director of the East Mississippi Public Safety Institute Class B State Law Enforcement Academy.

Sheriff Calhoun is an active member of the Lauderdale County community with involvement in many organizations and community service projects including, appointment to the E-911 Commission, Law Enforcement Coordinator for East MS Crime Stoppers, a part-time instructor at Meridian Community College and member of Lauderdale County Triad-Senior Citizens Crime Prevention Group. He is also a former board member of Habitat for Humanity, CARE Lodge (Domestic Violence Shelter), Meridian/Lauderdale County Boys and Girls Club and West Lauderdale Touchdown Club.

Sheriff Calhoun is also a member of First Baptist Church Meridian and is married to the former Connie McCubbin. They have three children, a daughter Caroline, a son Cameron, and a son Drew, who is married to Abby, with whom he has two beautiful children.

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