EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux Finishes Term as LSA President Following Difficult Year

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux completed his tenure as Louisiana Sheriff’s Association seventy-first President this week after serving for the most-difficult term in the history of the parish. Just weeks after Gautreaux took office, EBR was plagued by unprecedented challenges and tragedies in the form of protests, law enforcement assassinations and historic flooding.

“Serving as President of LSA has been the pinnacle of my law enforcement career,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “To be selected by my peers to represent the collective office of ‘sheriff’ has been an honor and responsibility comparable to none. And while I had aspirations of doing what I could to help further the goals of LSA, it turns out that I needed the organization more than ever. In my more than 40 years in law enforcement I have never experienced such difficulties as we did this past summer. But, I have also never been a part of such collaboration and cooperation as we have today in large part due to this association. I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the overwhelming response of support and personnel through the LSA Task Force. While our agency personnel might have been stretched and resources exhausted, we instead found ourselves having to turn down offers of support from throughout the state. The prayers and pledges of solidarity from all our sheriffs through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association was and is a tremendous blessing.”

Sheriff Gautreaux is the first law-enforcement official to be elected President of both the Louisiana Association of Chief’s of Police and of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association. He will continue to serve on LSA’s Executive Board as Immediate Past President.
“As law enforcement, I believe we still have many challenges ahead of us. But, I have no doubt that we will continue to face them with the same determination and veracity that we have done so far,” Sheriff Gautreaux said. “By fostering partnerships and dialogue not only with one another, but with the community as a whole, we can continue to set an example for law enforcement relations across the nation.”

LSA honored Sheriff Gautreaux with an award this week for Distinguished Leadership, Steadfast Courage, Devotion to Duty and Unbounded Dedication to the Ideals of Louisiana’s Chief Law Enforcement Officers. Sheriff Gautreaux passed the torch to incoming LSA President Vermillion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon.
“I know that together we will continue to strengthen the organization that means so much for the future of the law enforcement community,” Sheriff Gautreaux said. “Collectively, rather than individually, we can achieve more for our communities, for our deputies and most importantly for public safety as a whole. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we work toward peace in our parishes and in our great state of Louisiana.”
Sheriff Gautreaux began his more than 40-year-law enforcement career working for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in 1976. In 1980, he was elected Chief of Police in Baker where he served for 27 years before resigning to run for Sheriff. As Baker Police Chief, Gautreaux was elected to office seven times, and ran unopposed for the last four terms. Gautreaux was elected Sheriff in 2007 on a platform of focusing priorities on uniform patrol and developing greater communication among local, regional and state law enforcement agencies to help make East Baton Rouge Parish safer. In 2014 he was unanimously elected Chair of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, graduated from the FBI National Academy and was inducted in the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was the first-ever law enforcement recipient of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award. Sheriff Gautreaux is married to Suzi Eckert Gautreaux. They have four children and ten grandchildren. http://www.ebrso.org/SHERIFF.aspx

EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and wife Suzi Eckert Gautreaux