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Sheriff Gary Driskell
Sheriff Gary Driskell
Term: 2024-Present

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 was responsible for supervising personnel and managing the overall daily operations of the agency and assisted Sheriff Smith by promoting overall agency efficiency.

In the fall of 2023, Gary Driskell ran for Sheriff and won with 77% of the vote in a 4-candidate race. He was poised to be sworn in to take office on July 1, 2024, when the fiscal year began for Louisiana Sheriffs. 

However, Gary Driskell was sworn in early when Sheriff Blaise Smith passed away in February 2024. Driskell would complete the Sheriff's remaining four months of the current term before his formal swearing-in ceremony to begin his first elected term.

Sheriff Gary Driskell, his wife, Courtney, and son Jase reside in Morgan City. 


Sheriff Gary  Driskell
Sheriff Gary Driskell
Term: 2024-Present
Sheriff Blaise  Smith
Sheriff Blaise Smith
Term: 2018-2024
Sheriff Scott  Anslum
Sheriff Scott Anslum
Term: 2018
Sheriff Mark A. Hebert
Sheriff Mark A. Hebert
Term: 2011- 2018
Sheriff David  A.  Naquin
Sheriff David A. Naquin
Term: 1996-2010
Sheriff Huey P.  Bourgeois
Sheriff Huey P. Bourgeois
Term: 1984-1996
Sheriff Chester  C. Baudoin
Sheriff Chester C. Baudoin
Term: 1964-1984
Sheriff Mrs. J.B.  Shaw
Sheriff Mrs. J.B. Shaw
Term: 1963-1964
Sheriff J.B. "Buck" Shaw
Sheriff J.B. "Buck" Shaw
Term: 1952-1963
Sheriff Mrs. Guy G. Aycock
Sheriff Mrs. Guy G. Aycock
Term: 1949-1952
Sheriff Dr. Guy G. Aycock
Sheriff Dr. Guy G. Aycock
Term: 1940-1949
Sheriff Charles L. Pecot
Sheriff Charles L. Pecot
Term: 1916-1940
Sheriff Wilson T.  Peterman
Sheriff Wilson T. Peterman
Term: 1908-1916
Sheriff John B. Sanders
Sheriff John B. Sanders
Term: 1900-1908
Sheriff Paul  Pecot
Sheriff Paul Pecot
Term: 1895-1900
Sheriff Alexandre G. Frere
Sheriff Alexandre G. Frere
Term: 1884-1895
Sheriff John A.  ONiell
Sheriff John A. ONiell
Term: 1871-1873
Sheriff James R. Jolley
Sheriff James R. Jolley
Term: 1870-1871
Sheriff William  Haifleigh
Sheriff William Haifleigh
Term: 1851-1865 and 1885-1889
Sheriff Jared  Young Sanders
Sheriff Jared Young Sanders
Term: 1818-1821