Long-time Lowndes County Constable passes the torch to his son

LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – For the last 38 years, Joe Ables has been keeping the peace in Lowndes county as constable for District 3.

On Monday it came time to pass the torch, but Ables wasn’t passing his duties on to just anyone.

He was passing the torch to his son– Joe Ables Jr.

“One day he didn’t say anything about it and then I told him the next day I said ‘look I ain’t got but two more days now you gotta let me know’ and he said well I’ll try it and we went down next day to sign him up,” said Ables Jr.

On Election Day, Ables Jr. was declared the winner.

“It feels real good because I know that I only have one more day and I’m proud because a good fella got it,” said Ables.

Ables retired and left his duties in the hands of his son.

“It was the right thing to do as much as he’s loved by everybody in the county,” said Ables. Jr.

Ables isn’t worried about it.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” said Ables.

Ables Jr. said he’s excited.

“To step into his spot and carry on,” said Ables. Jr

Ables started his new job as Constable on January 1st.

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