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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 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.





Chief Deputy

Gary Driskell


After graduating from Morgan City High School, Chief Deputy 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 and will assist Sheriff  Anslum by promoting overall agency efficiency. Chief Deputy Driskell is responsible for supervising personnel and managing the overall daily operations of the agency.






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Paul Scott 


After graduating from Berwick High School, Major Paul Scott joined the United States Army in 1983 and served until 1996. He was part of numerous deployments across the world and worked his way up to the position of Operations Sergeant in an Infantry Battalion before ending his service in the Military.  In 1996 he started his career in law enforcement with the Patterson Police Department. Throughout his career, he has received several instructor certifications and has had a wide variety of experience. He has worked in an SRT Team, Narcotics, Investigations, Assistant Warden, Deputy Warden, Supervisor of a Transitional Work Program, and as a Shift Supervisor in a Patrol Division. Major Scott is responsible for supervising personnel and managing the overall daily operations of the of the St Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, Louisiana.






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John Kahl, Jr. 


After graduating Hanson Memorial High School, Major 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.


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