Stepping up from the chief of staff position, Joseph “Joey” Broussard was named Tuesday to take the top Enforcement Division post in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Broussard will take the rank of colonel and takes over the job after Col. Jeff Mayne decided to retire after spending the past two months on medical leave. Mayne held the post for about one year after Winton Vidrine retired in 2013.

The 55-year-old Broussard is from Port Barre. He graduated from the LDWF’s Cadet Training Academy in 1991, and has been an Enforcement Division agent for the past 23 years.

Broussard was the staff’s training director for 12 years, and headed the LDWF’s field operations, which included search-and-rescue missions under Vidrine, before Mayne made him the No. 2 spot in the Enforcement Division last year.

Broussard said he was excited “to lead the division in to the future as we continue to adapt to new tasks as well as maintain our main responsibility in protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources.”

Broussard was the state’s representative on the Mississippi Flyway Law Enforcement Committee, and was named state’s agent of the year and received the Outstanding Officer award from the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners in 1994.

“Joey’s wide-ranging experience within the division will serve him well in his new leadership role and he has earned this opportunity to serve as chief in the years ahead,” LDWF secretary Robert Barham said.