Bossier mourns loss of former sheriff

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 08/12 2014 04:14PM

Updated 08/12 2014 04:53PM

Former Bossier Parish Sheriff Vol S. Dooley, Jr., 87, who served as Sheriff from 1976 to 1988, died Monday following a lengthy illness. 

Dooley began his law enforcement career with the Louisiana State Police in 1950 when he was 23-years-old.  He served four years as a trooper with Troop G and joined the Bossier Sheriff's Office in 1954. 

Dooley also served as chief deputy to Sheriff Willie Waggonner and was appointed to fill the remainder of Waggonner's term when he died in 1976.
Dooley then went on to win a special election for Sheriff later that year, and he served as the chief law enforcement officer for Bossier Parish for 12 years until 1988 after losing his re-election bid to Larry Deen.

Upon retirement from the Bossier Sheriff's Office in 1988, Dooley continued service as the security director for Caddo/Bossier Port Commission until retirement. 

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, "Sheriff Dooley committed his life to law enforcement after starting his career as a trooper, then as a deputy and Sheriff and as security for the Port. I considered Vol a close friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Cypress Baptist Church, followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton. 

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