ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A new sheriff comes with some big changes for the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.
Longtime Sheriff Mike Waguespack was beat on Saturday by a newcomer with more than three decades of law enforcement experience.
Sheriff-elect Leland Falcon made his way around the Village of Napoleonville on Tuesday, thanking supporters and meeting new people he will he will soon serve. The former Louisiana State Police Major retired earlier this year after 25 years on the force to run for sheriff in Assumption Parish. It is where he began his law enforcement career.
He will replace four-term Sheriff Mike Waguespack, who has an accounting background.
"I've been a law enforcement officer for my entire life. We look at things in a different manner. I believe that street level type of experience brings a different type of perspective to the job," Falcon said.
Falcon said, like most communities, Assumption Parish has a growing narcotics problem. The sheriff-elect said he has a plan he believes will help keep the streets clean without going over budget.
"I promise to cap my salary so that we can take some of those extra dollars to make sure we can do some specialized training. I want to make sure we do some training for our road personnel on behavior recognition, things like that that would help us with our drug issue," Falcon said.
Falcon said adding more deputies to the road will also mean re-organizing the current staff.
"I believe our current administration might be a little top heavy as far as commissioned personnel in office. I believe we need more focus to our patrol," Falcon said.
Falcon hopes the extra patrolmen will help strengthen relationships between deputies and the people they serve. He said as sheriff he plans to spend a lot of time listening to their needs.
"I want to be remembered for someone who cared about their people, who served with honor and integrity," Falcon said.
Falcon takes office on July 1, 2016.
Sheriff Waguespack released the following statement: