Jun 17, 2014 9:04 PM by Dave Fields
A 29-year veteran of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office (LPSO) is announcing his candidacy for the office of Lafayette City Marshal.
Capt. Kip Judice will formalize his City Marshal candidacy at an event in the 600 block of Jefferson St. Tuesday evening. The election is scheduled for Nov. 4.
"I am taking this opportunity to inform the public that I intend to seek the position of Lafayette City Marshal. I left the Sheriff's Office and my position as Executive Officer and Chief of Evidence, Civil Process and Public Information, effective the 26th of May to concentrate full-time on the campaign. I am keenly aware of the pioneering work of those who have gone before me and intend to use my 29-plus years of law enforcement and managerial experience to build upon their work, and advance the direction of this very important office. I sincerely believe that every individual who comes in contact with the City Marshal's office deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and I look forward to beginning the campaign," Judice said in a release earlier today.
Judice, who served as patrol commander for seven years, was named Lafayette Parish's Top Patrol Deputy in 2006 and served as Civil Department commander with 18 employees under his direction. Judice said this position allowed him to oversee the service of more than 100,000 subpoenas and court documents. The captain noted that he has prepared reparing annual budgets and managed over 160 employees.
"Understandably, many people may not be aware of the responsibilities of the City Marshal and how the office operates. The immediate objective of the Marshal and staff is to enforce the mandates and orders of the Lafayette City Court. The Marshal's office is a catalyst between the Police Department and the Court, serving notice and summonses, and executing arrest warrants issued by the Court. An additional objective is to maintain a well trained and equipped staff and to assist state, local and federal enforcement agencies when called," he added.
Judice tells KATC that he has been a member of the U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force for four years and has worked on numerous homicide investigations, sexual assault cases, narcotics cases and other crimes, touting an exceptionally high success rate, he adds. During his career, Judice said he has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from law enforcement and community organizations.
"I am fully aware of the role the City Marshal plays in the safe, well being of our community and since beginning my career in law enforcement have always had a desire to serve in this capacity. I believe that the City Marshal should have the experience of
conducting various types of investigations, managing employees, and the service of both civil and criminal subpoenas, preparing budgets and most importantly, have a foundation of knowledge encompassing as many areas of law enforcement as possible. I also feel strongly about establishing partnerships among agencies and various segments of the community we serve. I believe my 29 plus years of experience with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department and well rounded managerial and investigative experience coupled with my dedication to the law uniquely qualifies me for this position," asserted Judice.
Judice said he believes he possesses the leadership skills necessary to hold the marshal's post.
"I've always believed that leadership isn't something that you can turn on or off whenever you want. It's not something that you can pull out of a hat and use in a political speech or an ad. I believe leadership is understanding and respecting the needs of those you serve and accepting the fiscal responsibility of the office you hold. It's simply doing the job you were elected to do with honor and integrity. I look forward to a vigorous campaign and will be discussing in detail my plans to integrate and consolidate services and warrants with other agencies to reduce duplication and increase efficiency," Judice concluded.
Judice is husband to wife, Susan Justin Judice, of 22 years and is father to two daughters, Emily and Brandi.