Sheriff Lewis Ory (1848–1903).

Sheriff Lewis Ory (1848–1903). One of the earliest unsettling events which took place in the beginning of the twentieth century was the untimely end to Sheriff Lewis Ory’s long years of service as sheriff. Ory and other peace officers were attempting to apprehend a known criminal when they were fired upon by a fugitive from Jefferson Parish. Sheriff Ory was hit in the temple and died at the scene. The Daily Picayune’s account of the event praised the sheriff for his bravery and declared that he was a well-known and respected man who would be missed by many in the law enforcement community.
His death is recorded as
January 26, 1903.

 

Anthony “Tony” Madere (right) replaced Ory and served as sheriff of St. Charles Parish from 1903 until 1912. Sheriff J. S. Paterson served a one-
year term from 1912 to 1916. (Photo courtesy of David Pizzolato, Sr.)

Anthony “Tony” Madere (right) replaced Ory and served as sheriff of St. Charles Parish from 1903 until 1912. Sheriff J. S. Paterson served a one-year term from 1912 to 1916. (Photo courtesy of David Pizzolato, Sr.)

 

 Leon C. Vial, Sr. (1878–1939).

Leon C. Vial, Sr.
(1878–1939).

 

Past Sheriffs of St. Charles Parish

Noel St. Martin

1854 – 1862

Louis Ranson

5/21/1866 – 6/7/1866

Victor Laurent

6/8/1866 – 7/13/1868

Morgan Morgans

7/14/1868 – 8/15/1871

J. G. Badenhouser

8/16/1871 – 8/24/1871

Morgan Morgans

8/25/1871 – 12/17/1872

George Essex

12/18/1872 – 9/30/1878

Owen McLeran

10/1/1878 – 11/4/1878

Clement Colly

11/5/1878 – 4/20/1880

B. Similion LaBranicke

4/21/1880 – 4/22/1883

Enest Lafitte

4/23/1883 – 9/7/1883

T. T. Baudouin

9/8/1883 – 4/21/1884

Lewis Ory

4/22/1884 – 1/27/1903

Anthony Madere

4/28/1903 – 4/15/1912

J. S. Paterson

4/26/1912 – 4/17/1916

Leon C. Vial, Sr.

4/18/1916 – 3/28/1939

Marie Keller Vial

3/28/1939 – 4/17/1940

Ralph Dubroca

4/18/1940 – 4/17/1944

Leon C. Vial, Jr.

4/18/1944 – 3/2/1964

John O. St. Amant

3/3/1964 – 6/30/1972

Julius B. Sellers, Jr.

7/1/1972 – 6/8/1976

John O. St. Amant

6/9/1976 – 11/29/1979

Herbert P. LeRay, Jr.

11/30/1979 – 6/30/1980

Charles C. Wilson

7/1/1980 – 6/30/1984

Johnny Marino

7/1/1984 – 6/30/1996

Greg Champagne

7/1/1996 – present

   

 

 

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