Marvin Lucas: Port Gibson’s new sheriff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob

Jackson Advocate Guest Writer

When he plunged into the 2011 political fray, soft-spokenly campaigning and running for the office of Claiborne county’s Sheriff, some cynics and naysayers frowned at him with skepticism. Many wondered whether the current Sheriff, Marvin Lucas could shatter former Sheriff Frank Davis’ dynasty, where he had virtually ruled and reigned as an invincible king for almost four decades.

New Sheriff

However, when January 2012 came, the occupant of the prestigious office  was not the tall, imposing Frank Davis. Rather, it was the petit, bold, daring, driven but insightful Marvin Lucas. Although he tussled with Willie Edwards, another former Deputy in the November elections, Marvin Lucas emerged as the uncontested winner with a large margin. The people definitely supported him. Since January, 2012, he manages the county as Claiborne County’s Sheriff.

Sheriff Lucas says, “I am thrilled and elated for Claiborne County. It is our goal to make it a comfortable place where people will love to come and live. The way it is at present does not make it attractive with drugs, drive by shootings and burglaries.”

Native Son

A native son like the former Sheriff Frank Davis, Marvin Lucas was born and raised in the area. After graduation from Port Gibson High, he attended a number of colleges where he picked up credits. Lucas had stints at Hinds Community College, Alcorn State University and Shelby College.

Jail Administrator

Lucas is no stranger to the sheriff department. He served there for a total of 25 years: 15 years as the Assistant Jail Administrator and 10 years as the Jail Administrator. He also worked with Claiborne County Parks and Recreation Department, where he coordinated youth activities.

Community Driven: NAACP

A community involved personality, Lucas is also the current Claiborne County President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Lucas is also a deacon at Campbell Chapel where the Reverend James Jones is the pastor.

Judge Daniel Lucas

Marvin Lucas is the junior brother of the respected Daniel Lucas, one of the longest serving judges and public officials in the region. In some ways, therefore, Claiborne County, may now be described as “Lucas Country” with the Sheriff and one of the distinguished and seasoned judges being Lucases. In addition to Judge Lucas, Marvin has 4 brothers who reside in Chicago, Illinois: Willie, Tom, James, and Joe.

Family Bonds

Marvin Lucas, who has several cousins, nephews and nieces, is the son of the late Maggie and Willie Lucas of Port Gibson, MS. He is married to Zandra Lucas and they have two children. His son Marvin Lucas Jr. works with the US Justice Department in Texas, while his daughter Zundra teaches school in Hattiesburg.

Community Trust

In an exclusive discussion with this writer, Sheriff Lucas said, “I am excited to have the job. I need a good staff and our first task is to rebuild community trust. We will try to be fair with everybody.”

Strategy

Lucas stated that, “My strategy is to get involved with the community. Law enforcement cannot be isolated from society. We have got to establish a cordial relationship with residents. People should be able to come to us with information about crimes without our asking. This demands trust.”

Long Term Goals

What are the Sheriff’s long-term goals? “In the long run, the department will try to make things better. We have to address issues and concerns such as burglaries and drive by shootings. Law enforcement must implement the law. We cannot pick and choose. People are saying we want a change. Change will come, but it will not come overnight. You got to have a plan to fight drugs. You got to partner with someone. We must try to change the mind-set. That sometimes poses challenges.”

Collective Effort

Sheriff Lucas noted that law enforcement is a collective effort. “Safety and crime prevention is not about me. It is about us. If something goes wrong, it makes all of us look bad. When things are good, it makes all of us look good. We must all be accountable and get involved in the school and neighborhood. That may require auxiliaries. I may be the lead officer, but it is our job. We need a motivating staff and a cooperative community.”

Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob is a professor and the Interim Head of Mass Communication, Alcorn State University, Lorman-Mississippi. An adjunct Professor at Jackson State University, he is also an author, journalist, photographer, poet and researcher. For more information email: Jdomatob@ yahoo.com.