Panola County swears in second female sheriff since 1956


PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) — Panola County has officially sworn a new sheriff, the second female sheriff in the county’s history.

Swearing-in ceremony for Panola County Sheriff Sarah Fields

A swearing-in ceremony for Sheriff Sarah Fields was held Friday morning at the front steps of the Panola County Courthouse.

Sheriff Fields was appointed Interim Sheriff back in February after former Panola Co. Sheriff Kevin Lake announced his retirement less than four months after running unopposed for a third term.

Fields has 30 years of experience at the sheriff’s office and the highest certification a peace officer can obtain in the state of Texas.

Panola County’s first female sheriff was Juanita Hunt who was appointed to finish the last 3 months of her husband’s term following his death in 1956.

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