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Whitehorn announces retirement from position as US Marshal for Western District

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jan 28, 2020

Henry L. Whitehorn Sr., United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, announced today that he is retiring after almost 10 years of federal service.

His retirement is effective on January 31, 2020.

Whitehorn was appointed as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana by President Barack Obama on July 12, 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the Western Louisiana Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force. He is also credited with creating an extensive network of partnerships throughout all levels of law enforcement as well as private entities.

"I have been truly blessed to serve our nation in the capacity of the United States Marshal, and I am extremely proud of the District's accomplishments over the last nine years; there are too many to mention. But, as I have said before, it's amazing what we can accomplish when we don't care who gets the credit," Whitehorn said.

Whitehorn began his public service in the military beginning February of 1973 after he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for four years on active duty with his last duty station at Barksdale Air Force Base from December of 1974 to February of 1977

Marshal Whitehorn began his law enforcement career with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis, Missouri, in February of 1977 as a Patrolman. In November of 1978 he joined the Louisiana State Police and was assigned to Troop G in Bossier City as a Patrol Trooper, Narcotics agent, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Executive Officer. He would later be promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Command Inspector for Region 3 located in Alexandria, overseeing five of the nine Troops in the state.

In July of 2000 Whitehorn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was assigned as the Deputy Superintendent. As Deputy Superintendent he was responsible for and had complete authority over the Bureau of Investigations which includes all State Police Criminal and Gaming Divisions. In 2004 Whitehorn was appointed by Governor Kathleen B. Blanco as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Services and the Louisiana State Police Superintendent.

Whitehorn retired from the Louisiana State Police in July of 2007.

On August 1st of 2007 Whitehorn was appointed as Chief of Police for the Shreveport Police Department by Mayor Cedric B. Glover before being appointed US Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana.

The Western District comprises the parishes of Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Jefferson Davis, De Soto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Lafayette, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St Landry, St Martin, St Mary, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.