Sheriff Jay Russell
Jay Russell was sworn in as Sheriff of Ouachita Parish on July 1, 2012.
Russell is a graduate of NLU (now ULM) and the FBI Academy. He began his 28 year career in law enforcement with OPSO at the Ouachita Correctional Center under Sheriff Laymon Godwin. He was then moved to the Patrol Division and later promoted to corporal becoming a Field Training Officer.
Russell’s service also includes working with two police departments, serving as a patrol officer for the West Monroe Police Department and the Farmerville Police Department.
Under Ouachita Parish Sheriff Richard Fewell, Russell was promoted to the rank of major, responsible for the Uniform Patrol Division, Communications, Training, SCAT, Truancy and the DARE program.
In 2007, Russell was promoted to OPSO Chief Deputy where he served until he was elected in October of 2011 as the new Ouachita Parish Sheriff.
Chief Marc Mashaw
Chief Marc Mashaw began his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He was sworn in as a full time deputy in October of 1989. Mashaw has served as a patrol deputy, training officer and shift supervisor for the Patrol Division. Mashaw later transferred to the Metro Narcotics Unit where he served for 4 1/2 years. After that he served in the Civil Division for 2 years before coming back to Patrol as a Shift Commander.
In 2008 Mashaw was promoted to Captain of Communications and Computer Services Divisions. Later he was promoted to Major and also placed in charge of the Patrol Division. In February of 2010, Mashaw was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Chief Mashaw is a graduate of the 231st F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Colonel James Purvis
Colonel James Purvis is a 25 year veteran of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a patrol officer in 1985 where he served until 1990, when he then transferred to the Metro Narcotics Unit. He remained at Metro for 10 years starting as an agent and later being promoted to Sergeant in 1996 serving as a team leader. He returned to the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division in 2000 and then promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 to lead the newly developed SCAT (Special Crimes Apprehension Team). He returned to Uniform Patrol in 2005 and served as a shift commander. in 2008 Purvis was promoted to Captain and then Major of Patrol in 2010.
Colonel Purvis attended Northeast Louisiana University and is also a graduate of the 224st F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Craig Rambin, Chief Financial Officer
Craig Rambin began service with the department in late 2009 and has 20 years of governmental accounting experience. Rambin is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Business Management.
Marsha Hebert, Administrative Assistant
Deputy Marsha Hebert started her law enforcement career with the West Monroe Police department in 1992. In 1996, Hebert came to work at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Investigation Division. Deputy Hebert successfully completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2004. In 2008 Deputy Hebert was transferred to the Administration Division as the Administrative Assistant and jubilantly serves Sheriff Jay Russell today.
Jean DeLukie, Administrative Receptionist
Jean is in her 14th year with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. She began her employment with OPSO in November of 1998 in the Records Department as a Records Clerk/Transcriptionist. In August of 2001 she was moved to the Administrative Division as Receptionist by Sheriff Richard Fewell and has maintained this position since that time.