Joseph Bowman “J.B.” Cormier has announced he is a candidate in the Lafayette city marshal’s race.

Cormier, who has 35 years of law enforcement experience, is a former member of the Lafayette Police Department and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, and for nine years was an investigator for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Cormier said he has also operated a successful private investigations firm.

“Being the long arm of the judicial court system, the city marshal is charged with serving notices, summonses and executing arrest warrants,” Cormier said in a campaign announcement. “They may make arrests in an effort to keep the peace, but are not currently tasked with investigative duties unless invited by other law enforcement agencies.”

Cormier, a Democrat, faces incumbent Earl “Nickey” Picard, a Democrat; Brian Pope, a Republican; and Kip Judice, who is not affiliated with a political party, in the Nov. 4 election.

Cormier holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia University and has graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He also has been enrolled in LSU’s law enforcement academies.

He is a member of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, the Knights of St. Peter Claver Council 206, the Knights of Columbus and other organizations.

Cormier said he and his campaign staff have held brain-storming sessions on how to improve operations and streamline costs in the City Marshal’s Office.

He said the campaign also is looking at ways to reduce the costs for residents who become involved with Lafayette City Court, and also at ways to more efficiently collect court fees.

Cormier and his wife, Mary Ann, have been married for 45 years. She has been a school bus driver for the Lafayette Parish School System since 1977. The couple has one daughter, Kelly Lynn Duffy.

“My only desire is to serve the community that has given so much to me and my family,” Cormier said.