Mark Hebert assumes badge of parish sheriff

Mark Hebert was administered the oath of office as the interim Sheriff of St. Mary Parish this morning.

Clerk of Courts Cliff Dressel administered the oath to Hebert.

“I have had the opportunity to work with so many good people,” Hebert said in his remarks following the swearing-in. “Throughout my 28 years here at the sheriff’s department I’ve had the opportunity to work for and learn from three different sheriffs. During that period I’ve worked hard and moved up in just about every criminal division here.”

Hebert said deputies “do things together here. Being loyal to one another, taking care of one another and taking care of the parish is what we do. We can’t do this and stand alone, we work as a group, a professional group.”

Sheriff David Naquin, who ended his career as sheriff just short of 16 years, is retiring and passed on the helm to Hebert.

“Starting out in patrol, it wasn’t even a dream at the time to be sheriff,” Hebert said this morning. “But through hard work, working with so many good people that allowed me to look good at times, to help me boost my career, really helped boost my career.”

Hebert announced his intention to run for sheriff in October, and said he is “proud of the confidence Sheriff Naquin had in me to succeed him as sheriff. He’s been a good friend, a great boss and a great sheriff.”

Finally reaching the goal of becoming sheriff, Hebert said, means much to him. “I never made a formal announcement during Sheriff Naquin’s capacity, but now is the right time,” he said. “I am running for sheriff. I am going to work hard, and we’re going to be that professional sheriff’s department we’ve all been so proud to work for.”

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