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The Sheriff's Office Mourns the Passing of Sheriff Blaise Smith


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It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Sheriff, Blaise Smith. Sheriff Smith, a dedicated Army veteran with combat experience in Vietnam, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at approximately 2:30 pm.

Sheriff Smith's commitment to service was evident throughout his tenure as Sheriff of St. Mary Parish, a role he assumed after winning a special election in 2018. Known for his "open door" policy, Sheriff Smith fostered an environment of trust and collaboration within the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, leaving an indelible mark on our organization.

Under Sheriff Smith's leadership, the SMPSO underwent significant improvements, benefiting both our deputies and the community we serve. His dedication, integrity, and unwavering support for his deputies earned him respect and admiration from all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

As we mourn the loss of Sheriff Smith, we ask for your prayers and understanding during this difficult time. The coming days will undoubtedly be challenging for Sheriff Smith's family, friends, and colleagues. We kindly request that you respect their privacy as they navigate through their grief.

More information regarding arrangements and tributes will be shared with the public in the coming days. In the meantime, let us honor Sheriff Blaise Smith's memory by continuing to uphold the values of service, integrity, and community that he exemplified.

With Heartfelt Condolences,

Sheriff-Elect Gary Driskell