Chief Deputy Stephen Engolio
Stephen is a 29-year veteran with the Iberville Sheriff’s Department, and previously served as Chief Criminal Deputy for 12 years under Sheriff Brent Allain. He worked as a patrol deputy for 7 years, and has worked as a narcotics detective, in the LEAD Task Force, and as commander of the SWAT team. He has attended numerous law enforcement training school and seminars, and completed the LSU Command College in 2002. He also has a nursing degree from Loyola University. In his role as Chief Criminal Deputy, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office, including investigations, internal affairs, human resources and administrative issues.
Chief Administrator Russell Jackson
Russell has worked in various industry and sales positions for 32 years. He worked in plant security, and then worked as a lab specialist, senior operator and trainer at The Dow Chemical Co. for 27 years. Since that time he has worked as a sales representative and as owner of a food service business. Jackson has served as a volunteer for the Iberville Headstart Advisory Panel and mentoring kids in the Widow Son Lodge after-school program. In his role as Chief Administrator, he handles office management and serves as a liaison between residents and various government agencies and local industry.
Major Ronnie Hebert
The Detectives Unit is responsible for investigating misdemeanor and felony crimes, recovering stolen property and developing solid cases in arrests to assure successful prosecution. Unit detectives also work with other law enforcement agencies in solving crimes in the parish. The Unit is divided unto three sub-units operating out of the main office in Plaquemine, and sub-stations in Maringouin and St. Gabriel.
This new unit initiated by Sheriff Brett Stassi is charged with thorough investigation of crime scenes so that critical evidence is handled properly and all evidence is collected.
Major James “Jimbo” Cox and Capt. Monty Migliacio
The Uniform Patrol Division consists of four teams of uniformed officers working 10 zones throughout the parish. The deputies work 12-hour shifts, which change monthly. They often the first department representatives to interact with the public; and responsibilities include answering distress calls, making arrests, resolving disputes, taking crime and accident reports, conducting traffic enforcement, and providing security for a variety of events.
The Interstate Patrol Division is tasked with traffic enforcement on the interstate in north Iberville, which is a corridor for illegal drugs, weapons, money, explosives and other illegal materials. The deputies in this unit are assigned a K-9 dog capable of detection of various narcotics, tracking missing or wanted persons, and protecting deputies from physical threat. In addition, the deputies assigned to this unit are specially trained, equipped and educated for this hazardous line of patrol.
Deputy Eric Tankersley and Deputy David Whittenberg
This sub-unit of the Uniform Patrol unit, handles the responsibilities of a uniformed patrol deputy, and also provides traffic control and enforcement, along with escort services. Deputies working in this unit complete an extensive motorcycle driving course in order to learn how to handle their motorcycles at high speeds and in adverse driving conditions.
Major Johnny Blanchard
The Iberville Sheriff’s Department has several specially-designed and equipped boats to perform a variety of activities in Iberville’s many waterways, including surveillance, investigation of narcotics cases, rescue operations of boating accidents or lost boaters, and pursuit and apprehension of suspects. Each boat is equipped with specialized GPS technology, and crew members are certified in operation of the units. The unit also assists the U.S. Coast Guard when needed, and is a founding member of JTF-7.
Special Operations Group
This elite unit is trained and equipped to respond quickly in high-risk operations where force may be necessary. The unit is on 24-hour call and ready to respond to any life-threatening situation. Training for this unit is rigorous and includes hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, entry, repelling and hostage negotiations.
Captain Tommy Favaron
The Communications division is critical to the Sheriff’s Department because it includes the dispatchers who handle incoming calls of emergencies and criminal activity and are responsible for obtaining important information and relaying it to the proper Sheriff’s Department deputies. The department has 20 full-time dispatchers, with 12 assigned to the Plaquemine central dispatch located at the parish jail facility, and four each assigned to the Maringouin and St. Gabriel sub-stations.
The Iberville Parish Jail is operated by the Sheriff’s Department. It houses up to 120 male and female inmates, and also processes those who are arrested and handle bonding requirements. The jail, built in 1976, is located on Bayou Road in south Plaquemine.