Unlike most local elected officials in Acadiana, sheriffs take office in July. That means there are changes happening this week in some parishes.
In three parishes, the incumbent for sheriff decided not to run again, and those parishes will soon have new sheriffs:
In Evangeline Parish, Charles Guillory was elected sheriff from a field of seven candidates.
In Iberia Parish, Tommy Romero was elected sheriff out of a field of six candidates. His swearing-in is set for Wednesday.
And, in St. Martin Parish, Becket Breaux was elected from a field of three candidates.
Here are the parishes where no changes are coming:
In Acadia Parish, K.P. Gibson was re-elected without opposition. He took the oath of office for his new term recently; here's that story.
In Calcasieu Parish, Tony Mancuso was re-elected to a fifth term in the fall.
In Jeff Davis Parish, Ivy Woods was unopposed as well.
In Lafayette Parish, Mark Garber was re-elected without opposition. He took the oath of office for his new term recently; here's that story.
Three incumbents were re-elected by defeating challengers:
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz defeated three challengers, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvilion defeated one challenger and St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith defeated two challengers.
Correction: a previous version of this story incorrectly reported Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso ran unopposed for his third term. He defeated two other opponents in the fall and was re-elected to a fifth term.