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St. Mary Parish Sheriff looks back on service upon early retirement

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St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert is retiring after six years in this role. He looks back on his three decades in law enforcement.

"I just want to thank the great people of St. Mary Parish for giving me the opportunity to serve the last 6 years as their sheriff. I was hoping it maybe could've been a little longer, but where I'm at in life right now was not a planned decision," said Hebert. 

Now, he plans to spend as much time as possible with his wife. 

"Three years ago, my wife was diagnosed with an illness, and we've been dealing with that for three years, and there comes a point in time in my life where it's time to go home and be with the family and be with my wife," said Hebert.

Looking back on his short time as sheriff, Hebert says he's most proud of getting his department full accreditation. 

"I've really enjoyed the career and watched this department evolve into something that I think is really great through our accreditation process and things like that," said Hebert

Hebert's chief deputy, Scott Anslum, will lead the department.

"Effective January 8th, I'll be appointed as sheriff here in St. Mary Parish, which I'm obviously looking forward to, and there are some mixed emotions with it, dealing with the sheriff and what his family is dealing with. But obviously, we're looking forward to moving forward and providing professional service to the community," said Anslum.

His boss says he's confident Anslum will get the job done well.

"If you've walked the walk and you've worn the shoes of being an investigator and you've worked out in the field and you understand corrections and you've been in that field, I think that's what it takes to be a good sheriff today," said Hebert.

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