Incumbent wins in strange Livingston sheriff race _lowres

Jason Ard

Livingston Parish sheriff

Jason Ard points to his experience, leadership and commitment to keeping Livingston Parish safe as qualification for re-election.

Ard, 42, a Republican, said he has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, serving as sheriff for three years.

“We have a tremendous group of men and women — all dedicated to going above and beyond to serve and protect,” Ard said. “We battle a lot of challenges linked to the parish’s growing pains, but having the group of professionals that we do — and support from the community — our future looks good.”

Ard said he created the department’s burglary and theft division that, since 2012, has made 1,500 arrests and recovered $4 million in stolen property. Ard said he beefed up the narcotics division, which netted 1,000 arrests and recovered $2 million in stolen property since July 2012.

“We’ve installed computer software upgrades that allow for intelligence sharing throughout the Sheriff’s Office and all other parish law enforcement agencies. Sharing this information makes the deputies more effective,” Ard said.

Teaming with the Livingston Parish School Board, Ard created the School Resource Officer Division, which allows for uniformed deputies to work alongside school officials to handle law enforcement issues, he said.

With the help of his wife, Erica, and his deputies, Ard has been able to continue to provide Christmas gifts to children through Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade.

Ard has two children, Toby and Abigail. He attends Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson.