Lafayette’s emergency command to get first new director in 36 years _lowres

Capt. Craig Stansbury, left, and Capt. John Babin

Lafayette Parish’s emergency command, which oversees the local 911 system and emergency and homeland security operations, will undergo a leadership change for the first time in three decades after its director retires in March.

Capt. Craig Stansbury, who serves as executive officer of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office enforcement division, will replace William Vincent as director of the Lafayette Parish Communication District.

Vincent, who’s served as director since the parish 911 system was created in 1979, will retire March 1, said Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit, chairman of the Lafayette Parish Communication District Commission.

Stansbury, who’s leaving the Sheriff’s Office after 31 years of service, will begin shadowing Vincent on Monday, Benoit said.

Stansbury was hired in December after Vincent announced his retirement last summer, Benoit said.

Effective Saturday, Metro Narcotics Commander Capt. John Babin will replace Stansbury in the role that oversees evidence, civil service processes and public information, the Sheriff’s Office announced in a Friday news release. Babin also will assist the chief criminal deputy with executive-level oversight of the enforcement division.

The Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed who will replace Babin to oversee the metro narcotics division.

Stansbury had worked as enforcement division director since 2000, except for a three-year stint as patrol commander from 2011-13.

Babin, who’s approaching his 31st year with the Sheriff’s Office, was commander of metro narcotics for 12 years.

The Lafayette Parish Communication District includes representatives from local police, governmental and emergency medical agencies. It oversees 911 operations and the Lafayette City-Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and it mobilizes in emergency situations such as floods, ice storms and hurricanes.

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