BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and six other inductees will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame Friday.
Sheriff Gautreaux will be honored with the award given to governmental and civic leaders dedicated to protecting residents.
The 10th annual ceremonies will include a luncheon held at Louisiana State Penitentiary "Angola," a tour of the prison and a reception at the Museum Complex unveiling an exhibit of the inductees' lives and accomplishments. A formal banquet will be held Friday night.
"I am humbled by the honor of being recognized by my colleagues and the community," Sheriff Gautreaux said. "I entered a career in law enforcement to serve the public, and I am blessed by the opportunity to do so. I am overwhelmed by such an acknowledgement."
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Gautreaux began his 38-year-law enforcement career working for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office in 1976. In 1980, he was elected Chief of Police in Baker where he served for 27 years before resigning to run for Sheriff. As Baker Police Chief, Gautreaux was elected to office seven times, and ran unopposed for the last four terms. Gautreaux was elected Sheriff in 2007 on a platform of focusing priorities on uniform patrol and developing greater communication among local, regional and state law enforcement agencies to help make East Baton Rouge Parish safer. In 2012, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux was elected as Sergeant-At-Arms and Secretary Treasurer for the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Gautreaux is married to Suzi Eckert Gautreaux. They have four children and ten grandchildren.