Lafayette Parish Sheriff-elect Mark Garber on Tuesday named Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout as his chief deputy.
Stout has been police chief in Carencro since his election in 2002. He began his law enforcement career at age 19 in 1990 as a Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputy, a position he held for 11 years.
Stout ran unopposed in 2014 for his fourth term as chief.
“Carlos brings a combination of law enforcement experience and department management experience with him, and I think both qualifications are necessary to help run one of the largest sheriff’s departments in the state of Louisiana,” Garber said in a news release. “He is respected, smart and will be an asset to my leadership team.”
Garber, who takes office July 1, won election last month to succeed longtime Sheriff Mike Neustrom, who chose not to seek a fifth term. Stout will replace Maj. Art LeBreton, a 20-year Sheriff’s Office employee who’s served as Neustrom’s chief deputy since 2004.
“I am both honored and humbled to be given this opportunity,” Stout said when reached by phone Tuesday.
Stout was one of two area municipal police chiefs who backed Garber in the race for sheriff. The other was Duson Police Chief Kip Judice.
An interim chief will be appointed in Carencro when Stout transfers to Garber’s administration next summer, and that person will hold the title until a permanent replacement is elected, Stout said.
Unless a special election is called, qualifying is July 20-22 for the next open election date on Nov. 8.
Stout’s pending transition marks yet another shift in Lafayette Parish law enforcement leadership, which has seen noteworthy changes during the last year.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, who’s held his post for 10 years, is set to retire on Jan. 31.
Judice, Duson’s chief, took office in April after a string of troublesome administrations, and Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux took office this year as the city’s first new chief in 28 years.
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope also took office this year, replacing 30-year Marshal Nicky Picard.
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