ST. MARTIN PARISH, LA — Residents of St. Martin Parish will head to the polls this Saturday to elect their first new Sheriff in 16 years. Three former law enforcement officials are vying for the post that has been held by current Sheriff Ronnie Theriot since being elected in 2003. Theriot decided to hang up his gun and badge after nearly 50 years in law enforcement.
The three running for the post are Brian Douglas Theriot, son of the current Sheriff, Becket Breaux and Albert "Buz" Leblanc.
ALBERT "BUZ" LEBLANC
"Albert “Buz” LeBlanc, was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, went to grammar school and High School in Breaux Bridge, earned a Bachelor’s Degree at USL (now UL Lafayette), joined the US Navy, retired after 20 years, worked with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, then married and managed a successful business in this area. Buz is a native son who has been in many administrative and leadership roles that make him uniquely qualified to be the Sheriff of St. Martin Parish. The following is a summary of Buz’ various experiences and accomplishments."
"Albert “Buz” LeBlanc has diverse experience in the private sector managing a successful business and in local law enforcement. This, coupled with his determination, commitment and integrity demonstrated while serving this great country in the US Navy, makes him uniquely qualified to be Sheriff of St Martin Parish. We have a real opportunity to bring change to St. Martin Parish and restore your trust in our law enforcement, implement stronger policies on drug offenders, and most importantly, make St. Martin Parish a safe place to live, work and raise our children. Our best days are ahead. "
"With over 30 years of experience as a Law Enforcement Officer, including his proven leadership working with over 600 employees encompassing multi-section responsibilities, Becket has the expertise for improving law enforcement agency operations efficiency without sacrificing public safety."
"Becket has solid experience creating strategies and processes that enhance law enforcement’s services and improve positive output. He is widely viewed as being fair, hardworking, respectful and dedicated, which has built a reputation that allows handling of difficult law enforcement personnel problems that others would not be able to successfully resolve."
"Becket has demonstrated success in “doing more with less”, both in state government and private businesses. “I genuinely believe that my firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of Louisiana’s largest law enforcement agency and its decision-making process affects everyone in our community,” says Becket. “That experience, along with me being a previous business owner in St. Martin Parish, allows me to better serve you as your next sheriff.” '
BRIAN DOUGLANS THERIOT
"Brian Douglas Theriot is a lifelong resident of St. Martin Parish who has proudly served his community as a law enforcement officer for the last 20 years. Brian felt called to serve his community, like his father, Sheriff Ronny Theriot and pursued a career in criminal justice."
"Upon graduating from Catholic High School New Iberia in 1991, Brian went on to attend the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He then continued his education at Louisiana State University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration."
"During his career in the Law Enforcement Division of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries he received numerous awards for his work. Brian attained the rank of Lieutenant and was selected to serve as the LDWF Liaison to the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He has also been a chemical weapons instructor, a law enforcement rifle instructor and a law enforcement physical fitness specialist. Brian is trained in advanced law enforcement rapid response training and terrorism response tactics."