LAFAYETTE — Brian Pope and Kip Judice will face each other in the Dec. 6 run-off for Lafayette city marshal after longtime incumbent Earl “Nickey” Picard was edged out in a four-man race Tuesday.
Pope led the race with 14,955 votes, with Judice coming in next at 11,582 votes. Picard, who has held the office since 1984, came in third with 9,844 votes. Joseph Cormier garnered 4,146 votes for a fourth-place showing.
Pope was a Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputy for two to three years before becoming a deputy marshal 20 years ago. While working for Picard as a captain, Pope produced the Holding Accountable program on Acadiana Open Channel and was in charge of keeping the office’s accreditations up to date.
Pope resigned from the office in January to run for city marshal.
Judice is on leave from the Sheriff’s Office, which he joined 30 years ago. He held a number of jobs there, including stints as head of crime scene investigations, the narcotics task force, and the patrol division. Judice, a captain, most recently was assigned to work as media liaison for Sheriff Mike Neustrom.
In interviews during the election campaign, Picard said Pope and Judice were running against him because they thought at age 82 he was too old to do the job and carry out another six-year term.