St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz was sworn in for another term today.
Guidroz was re-elected in October, winning 60 percent of the vote and rebuffing three challengers in the primary.
Guidroz has been in public service his entire adult life; he was elected to the Port Barre City Council when he was 23 years old. He's been in law enforcement for more than 40 years, including a long career as a Louisiana State Trooper prior to being elected sheriff.
Guidroz said that technology in the field of law enforcement is one area that has seen drastic change.
"We're in the technological phase with a lot of things, and that's helping us do our job with better monitoring," he explained.
Guidroz is one of several sheriffs who were re-elected, and was one of three who defeated challengers: Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvilion defeated one challenger and St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith defeated two challengers.
Four sheriffs were re-elected without opposition:
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 unopposed for this third term; he took the oath of office for his new term in February.
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.
And, 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.