Sheriff Blaise Smith
Sheriff Blaise Smith is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran having served in the Vietnam War. Sheriff Smith has 47 years of experience in Law Enforcement, as a Reserve Officer, Part-Time Officer, and Full Time POST Certified Officer. He retired from St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office in December of 1994 at the rank of Chief Inspector. He served in Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, working up to the Chief of Police. Sheriff Smith also held a Federal Commission through the Department of Interior for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Sheriff Blaise Smith is a resident of Centerville, Louisiana. He is married to Karen McGoff and they have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Sheriff Blaise Smith was sworn in as Sheriff of St. Mary Parish on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
Colonel Gary Driskell
After graduating from Morgan City High School, Gary Driskell joined the United States Army serving actively until 1990. He then joined the reserve and was called up for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During his military career, he worked as an MP and reached the rank of Sergeant.
Driskell joined the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1990 at the parish jail. Since then, he has worked his way up through the ranks being promoted to supervisor in each division he was assigned; the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center, Uniformed Patrol Section, Narcotics Section, and Criminal Investigation Section.
On January 8, 2018, Driskell was promoted to Chief Deputy. He is responsible for supervising personnel and managing the overall daily operations of the agency and assists Sheriff Smith by promoting overall agency efficiency.
After graduating from Hanson Memorial High School, John Kahl pursued a degree in criminal justice at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1995, he began his career in law enforcement with the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department, working at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. In 1997, Kahl was hired as a Patrol Officer with the Broussard Police Department where he worked until being hired with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Narcotics Agent in 1998.
Since his time with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, Kahl has been assigned to the Louisiana State Police West District Narcotics Division, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Safe Streets Task Force.
In 2012, Kahl was promoted to the rank of Captain overseeing the Criminal Investigation Section, Narcotics Section, Special Response Team (SRT), Dive Team, and the Federal Liaison Division. In July of 2016, he was promoted to Major and oversees the Criminal Investigation Section.
In 2020, Kahl was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Major Nick Rogers
St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center
A graduate of Berwick High School, Nick Rogers began his career in law enforcement in 2002 when he joined the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. That same year, Rogers graduated from the Louisiana P.O.S.T. Academy and worked as a road deputy. In 2006, Rogers was promoted to the Narcotics Task Force. As a narcotics agent, he successfully completed an F.B.I. Instructor Development Course and was promoted to Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. During his time in the Narcotics and Patrol Divisions, Rogers attained multiple instructor certifications including Rapid Response to Active Shooter, TASER, and Standardized Field Sobriety Test. With those certifications, Rogers shares his expertise and experience by teaching fellow law enforcement officers attending the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy.
In 2010, Rogers was promoted to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective and was re-assigned to serve as a detective in the Marine Section in 2012. In 2014, Rogers led operations at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville before returning to the Marine Section. Rogers was promoted in 2018 to command the Uniformed Patrol Section. Rogers built the Uniformed Patrol Section back up to the high standard that the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office requires of the Patrol Section. He was assigned to lead the Investigations Division in 2019.
In January 2020, Rogers was promoted to the rank of Major and became the Warden at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.
Major Duval Arthur, III joined law enforcement in 2003 for the Berwick Police Department while also attending LSU. After graduating with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, he accepted a position as a full-time law enforcement officer with the Berwick Police Department. In 2008, he accepted a position on the Narcotics Task Force at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. In 2016, Arthur was promoted to the rank of Captain supervising the operations of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. As a supervisor, he challenged the members of his division to continually strive to better themselves and the work they do in pursuing local drug dealers. In 2021, Arthur was promoted to the rank of Major, and Investigations was added under his command.
Major Arthur also serves as a team leader and sniper for the Sheriff's Office Special Response Team.
Jeremy Greene, a Franklin High School graduate, began his full-time law enforcement career at the St. Mary Sheriff's Office in 1993 after graduating from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Basic P.O.S.T. Academy. He was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division where he excelled and was promoted to Lieutenant as a supervisor. Greene served as a S.W.A.T. Team Operator starting in 2001, attached to the primary Assault Team.
Green eventually joined the U.S. Marshal's Service as a Narcotics Detective in 2007-2009 and was instrumental in the apprehension of felonious criminals from around the United States.
He returned to the Sheriff's Office in 2009 and was promoted to Detective in the Investigations Division in 2014.
In 2019, Greene was promoted to the rank of Captain as the Patrol Commander over the Uniformed Patrol Division.
In 2020, Greene assumed the role of Public Relations. He is in charge of the Morgan City Branch Office as well as School Resource Officers and Marine Patrol.