OPSO Mourns the Passing of a Great Sheriff and Friend

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is saddened by the loss of a neighboring Sheriff and great friend. After a battle with cancer, Sheriff Robert G. “Bob” Buckley passed on the morning of Tuesday, September 17th.

Sheriff Buckley took over the Union Parish Sheriff’s office in 1990 and became one of the most respected leaders in the state. Sheriff Buckley spent most of his life serving his community in law enforcement and also served as President of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.

“Bob gave of himself to the people he served as well as the men and women with whom he served. The law enforcement community will really miss Bob Buckley’s leadership, knowledge and friendship. Bob has been a constant source of knowledge for me in my career. I have known him for many years as a state trooper and then Sheriff. He was especially helpful to me when I worked at the Farmerville Police Department. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Sheriff Buckley. I could always depend on him for advice and direction on how a law enforcement officer should serve the public.” –Sheriff Jay Russell

The thoughts and prayers of Sheriff Jay Russell and the OPSO Deputies are with Sheriff Buckley’s friends and family as well as the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.