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Deputies Honored at January Award Ceremony

Friday, January 16, 2004

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office honored several recent retirees and Deputy of the Quarter winners at a quarterly award ceremony held Thursday afternoon. Sheriff Mike Neustrom presented plaques to the following Deputies who have recently retired from LPSO - Deputy Sanford Menard, Corrections, 15 Years of Service; Sgt James Walters, Corrections, 18 Yrs; Deputy Warren Guilbeau, Enforcement, 19 Yrs; Deputy Eddie Estillette (Deceased award accepted by family), Corrections, 20 Yrs; Deputy James Picard, Corrections, 20 Yrs; Sgt Bonnie Boudreaux, Civil & Tax, 23 Yrs.

Sheriff Neustrom presented a special award to Detective Don Cobb (See Photo) who retired from the Enforcement Division after 30 years of service. Congratulations to all of these retired Deputies and thanks for your many years of service!

Deputy of the Quarter winners recognized for outstanding service included:
Administration - Yvonne Gary – as receptionist for the 2nd floor, Yvonne “handles even the most difficult situations with aplomb, dealing effectively with the angry or distraught equally well,” an impressive trait that is a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Yvonne always makes herself available to help co-workers’ with projects (ex: making follow-up phone calls, typing mailing lists, helping with large mail-outs, etc.).” She is someone who “can be counted on for assistance in any matter, as she has proven herself to be a hard worker as well as a responsible, courteous, and professional employee.”

Corrections - Lt. Kevin Broussard – Lt. Broussard is a 17-year veteran of LPSO and the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. He began his career as a floor deputy, then moved to Operations, and is currently the Supervisor for the Intake/Booking/Records Department. During his years of service, he has developed good working relationships with the public as well as co-workers. He has proven himself to be “one of those employees you cannot do without” and is considered someone “you can depend on.”

Enforcement - Deputy Tom Stith – In November 2003, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office sought to use the parish’s abatement law to target an area long known for its high crime rate (especially drug-related offenses), and Deputy Stith was temporarily reassigned from the Patrol Division to the Intelligence Unit to assist with this project. Deputy Stith was given the task of gathering data from numerous sources to be used in future court proceedings. Deputy Stith “took to this assignment with enthusiasm and a work ethic that went far beyond what was expected.” With little assistance, he completed the research; compiled hundreds of pages of documentation, formulated this data into a manageable form, outlined each area of concern, and created a guide to make the material understandable to court officials. In providing this information “in a truly courteous, professional, and respectful format,” Deputy Stith demonstrated that he “clearly understands the spirit of the law.”

Photo 1 - Sheriff Mike Neustrom and William "Don" Cobb
Photo 2 - Deputy Tom Stith, Yvonne Gary, Sheriff Mike Neustrom and Lt Kevin Broussard

Donna Delahoussaye
Media Relations/Project Coordinator
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office