Candidates Mark Hebert, Patrick LaSalle and Jack Smith all will address the SMIG contingent. Declared candidate George Rodriguez could not attend because of a prior commitment.
Hebert currently is serving as sheriff after St. Mary Parish Sheriff David Naquin retired in July.
Hebert, 50, who was chief criminal deputy at the time of his appointment to sheriff, has served in the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office for 27 years under three different sheriffs. He has served in almost every capacity at the sheriff’s office, including patrol officer, detective and warden of the jail.
He also has served with the SWAT Tactical and Negotiations section, Criminal Investigations Division and the multi-jurisdiction Drug Task Force.
Hebert also has completed countless professional training and law enforcement education courses.
He is a member of the Church of the Assumption in Franklin where he is a lector.
Hebert also is involved in the Christmas Advent Giving Program for inmates’ children and the children of Chez Hope residents.
LaSalle began his law enforcement career with the Patterson Police Department in 1973.
He attended the Louisiana State University Law Enforcement Academy in 1975 and was later accepted into the Louisiana State Police Academy a year later where he remained with LSP until 1992.
During his tenure with LSP, he served as a parish trooper, field training officer and narcotics investigator.
After leaving LSP, LaSalle worked for the U.S. Marshal Service before assuming the role as assistant chief in Patterson and now as chief of police in the city.
Smith, a former law enforcement officer, become one of the youngest commissioned police officers in the state at age 18.
He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and a minor in business administration.
Smith was employed as a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy and was employed as a Patterson City Police officer.
He has served as St. Mary Parish Coroner and conducted more than 100 death investigations.
Smith also has served as District 50 Louisiana state representative for almost two decades where he served on the Criminal Justice Committee and the Appropriations Committee.
He also has attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has completed several hours toward his Master’s of Business Administration.