NAPOLEONVILLE — An Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy, who was an instructor in the anti-drug DARE program in public schools, recently resigned before the completion of an internal investigation involving him that "concerned the Sheriff's Office's internal drug-testing policy," Cmdr. Lonny Cavalier said Tuesday.
Cavalier said former deputy Farrell Gros, of Labadieville, resigned over the summer. Gros was an instructor in the Sheriff's Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, a school-based substance abuse prevention program.
Every month, a certain percentage of Sheriff's Office employees are selected randomly by computer to be drug tested on the day they are selected, Cavalier said.
Cavalier said because Gros resigned before an internal investigation was completed, he could not comment on whether Gros took a drug test or, if he did, what the results were.
"At the point the employee resigned, the investigation was terminated," Cavalier said.
In addition to serving as a deputy under Sheriff Leland Falcon, Gros also worked under previous Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack as a jail warden for several years before being shifted from that job. He later resigned, according to an Advocate article.
In 2011, Gros was one of two candidates who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Waguespack.
Falcon unseated Waguespack in an October 2015 election between the two candidates. When Falcon took office in 2016, he rehired Gros.