NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A longtime sheriff in south Louisiana has announced he is stepping down.
Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack announced his resignation, effective midnight. Waguespack had been sheriff of Assumption Parish for nearly 16 years.
He said Chief Criminal Deputy Bruce Prejean will fill in as the interim sheriff. He added Prejean has 25 years of law enforcement experience.
"As I transition to the next chapter of my life, I feel this is the right time for me and my family to pursue our next opportunities," Waguespack said in a written release.
Prejean will serve as interim sheriff until the end of Waguespack's term, which is June 30.
Waguespack was defeated in October by Leland Falcon. The former Louisiana State Police major retired in 2015 after 25 years on the force to run for sheriff in Assumption Parish. It is where he began his law enforcement career.
He will take over as the new sheriff on July 1.