Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has been recognized locally as Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Sheriff Webre was presented with the award during a special presentation on Friday, March 8.
I am truly humbled and honored to have even been nominated for such a distinction, said Sheriff Webre. I sincerely want to thank the men and women of the Sheriffs Office. Without their continued dedication of doing whatever it takes to properly serve the public, these programs would just be good ideas, but their tenacity, eagerness, and enthusiasm are what drives the success of the various services we offer.
Sheriff Webre was nominated for the award for the Houma-Thibodaux area by Robert Gorman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.
“Since taking office in 1992, Sheriff Craig Webre has led the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office beyond the minimum requirements expected of a law enforcement agency, said Gorman. He has instituted reforms that exemplify social work values and ethics; from accountability to protecting people from harm and helping them recover from trauma. For this reason, it is my pleasure to have nominated Craig Webre for the National Association of Social Workers Houma-Thibodaux Region Public Official of the Year Award, and I’m delighted that he has been selected as the 2013 winner.”
In his nomination, Gorman touted the Sheriffs accomplishments throughout the entire agency and especially within the Police Social Services section and the P.A.C.T. Place the only supervised visitation center in the nation operated by law enforcement. Gorman wrote, The focus of the Sheriff is on service to the public looking at the needs of the entire person and not just focusing on incarceration. He also recognized Sheriff Webre for his annual summer camp for kids, public education classes, the D.A.R.E. program, and his efforts with Lafourche Parish Drug Court. He summarized Webres efforts stating, His work on behalf of vulnerable people, his leadership in promoting social work practices within the LPSO, and his clear demonstration of social work values and ethics in all aspects of his work as Sheriff.
The National Association of Social Workers, in recognition of the responsibilities and challenges of public service, established the annual award to recognize the outstanding service and contributions of an elected official. In order to be eligible for nomination, an official must be in public office at the time and make a significant contribution to public service while in office. The official must also demonstrate leadership in advancing public policy in the area of vulnerable populations, civil and human rights, or social welfare, and must also demonstrate leadership on behalf of the protection and advancement of social work practice.