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 32 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 Deputy Marc Mashaw
Chief Deputy 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 Deputy Mashaw was promoted by Sheriff Russell on July 1, 2012 to his present position.
Chief Mashaw is a graduate of the 231st F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Colonel James Purvis
Colonel James Purvis is a 31 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.
Glenn Springfield, Public Information Officer
Deputy Glenn Springfield began his law enforcement career as a part-time communications dispatcher with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1973 under the administration of Sheriff Bailey Grant. He transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division as a patrol deputy in 1976. During his tenure there, he served as a field training officer then shift supervisor, leading to his promotion to Captain, Assistant Commander of the Patrol Division, in 1986. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1996, completing 23 years of service.Upon retiring in 1996, began working in private sector for a Monroe based liquid carbon dioxide producing company. He served as Operations Chief of Staff until the company recently sold. Glenn has a Criminal Justice degree from ULM, graduated the LSU Law Enforcement Institute, and has attended numerous training seminars and exercises during his career. Contact Information: Office: 318-410-2461 Cell: 318-537-3366 Glenn.Springfield@OPSO.net
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.
Robin McKee, Administrative Assistant
Deputy Robin McKee, an eight year veteran of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, began her career in the Tax Division in 2012. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff since January 2020.
Kathy Knight, Administrative Receptionist
Deputy Kathy Knight, an eight year veteran, began her career in the Tax Division in 2012. She transferred to Administration in January 2020 where she serves as the Administrative Receptionist.