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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 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.

 

 

 

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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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Major

Gilbert Blanchard

 

After graduating from Temple High School in New Iberia, LA Captain Gilbert Blanchard entered into the profession of law enforcement in 1993 with the Morgan City Police Department. He completed his basic law enforcement training at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. From 1993-1999, Blanchard worked as a police officer in the patrol division. In 2000 he was promoted to the Morgan City Police Department Detectives Division where he served for the decade. In 2011, Blanchard transferred to the narcotics division until his reassignment to patrol in 2012. During his employment with the Morgan City Police Department, Blanchard served on the Special Response Team and completed training in undercover investigations, instructor certification, kinesic interview, rape and sex crime investigation, raid planning, homicide investigation, video techniques, informant management, Asian organized crime, video surveillance, employment law, business writing, and human resource courses. In 2012 Blanchard accepted a position in the Uniformed Patrol Division of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a shift supervisor until he was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigation Section.

In 2016, Blanchard was promoted to Captain and placed in command of the Investigations Section. Blanchard was able to call upon his wealth of experience in criminal investigation techniques and procedures as he supervised the work of detectives, juvenile detectives, school resource officers (including DARE), and evidence custodians.

In June of 2019, Blanchard was promoted to Major and assigned to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center as Warden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Major 

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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