Sheriff Craig Webre
On July 1, 1992, Craig Webre raised his hand and took the oath of office as the new Sheriff of Lafourche Parish. After a hard fought battle against a 16-year incumbent, at the age of 30, Webre became one of the youngest Sheriff’s to ever hold office in Louisiana. Amid federal indictments and local investigations, Webre assembled a team of dedicated peace officers and loyal office personnel to begin the long trek toward accomplishment and accountability in the Sheriff’s Office.
A lifelong resident of Lafourche Parish, Webre graduated from Thibodaux High School in 1979 and enrolled at Nicholls State University where he studied Criminal Justice. During this time, he began his law enforcement career by becoming a police officer for the City of Thibodaux, and eventually received an Associate’s Degree in 1981.
From the Thibodaux Police Department, Webre joined the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and thereafter went to work for the Louisiana State Police. He worked as a State Trooper for over nine years. As if working on the road in law enforcement wasn’t challenging enough, Webre simultaneously pursued his education. He eventually obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans.
In 1988, Webre was awarded an academic scholarship to Loyola Law School. While a senior in law school, Webre offered himself as a candidate for Sheriff of Lafourche Parish and defeated a 16-year incumbent. In May of 1992, Webre graduated from law school, and two months later he was sworn in as Sheriff. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the Louisiana State Bar Exam.
In 1995, Webre was re-elected to his second term as Sheriff. He served as an adjunct professor for both Nicholls State University and Loyola University’s Master in Criminal Justice Program.
In 1999, Webre won a landslide third term victory which was followed by subsequent victories in 2003 and 2007. Under his leadership, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has become one of only four sheriff’s offices in Louisiana to achieve National Accreditation under the watchful eye of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Webre was also recently appointed a CALEA Commissioner. The LPSO Transitional Work Program also maintains National Accreditation by the American Correctional Association.
In 2007, Webre was also elected as President of the National Sheriff’s Association, representing all sheriffs across America. He has also served as the chairman of the regional governing board of the Gulf States Regional Center for Public Safety Innovations, chairman of the Southeast Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission, and board member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Commission.
In 2011, Webre ran unopposed in his bid for his sixth term of office, and he soon began training for the 250-mile bicycle ride for the 2013 Police Unity Tour, the annual event which honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and provides funding for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in our nation's capital. As if completing that trek wasn't enough, Webre was also recently accepted to the 255th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Less than 1% of law enforcement officers in the world are invited to the prestigious academy.