The St. Bernard Parish Courthouse in Chalmette will be renamed in honor of the parish’s longtime district attorney, Jack Rowley, who died last month at age 83.

The Parish Council approved the measure Tuesday.

Rowley’s career in St. Bernard politics spanned more than half a century.

He was sheriff for 16 years before being elected in 1978 as the first district attorney of the newly created 34th Judicial District Court, a post he held for 35 years until his death.

Rowley did not run for re-election this year and died Nov. 5, one day after Perry Nicosia, a former state judge, won a three-way race to be his successor.