Guillory to run for sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Officer Chief Deputy Gary “Stitch” Guillory announced Thursday, Mar. 30, that he is running to be the next Calcasieu Parish Sheriff. Last month, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced his retirement.

Guillory discovered his passion for law enforcement at the age of 21 while serving as a patrolman for the Westlake Police Department. Over the years, he rose through the ranks, becoming a Shift Sergeant, Detective, Captain, and Assistant Chief of Police. Following his successful tenure as Interim Chief of Police, the residents of Westlake elected him to the role full-time, where he served until joining the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department as Chief Deputy in 2004.

Throughout his decades-long law enforcement career, Guillory has served as a Juvenile Officer, a Firearms Instructor, and a D.A.R.E. Officer. His educational credentials include the FBI National Academy, an intensive ten-week course attended by only one percent of law enforcement leaders worldwide; the LSU Basic Training Academy; the LSU Juvenile Officers Institute; the D.A.R.E. Instructor School; and the P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor School.

He was appointed by the Governor to the Crime Victims Board and currently serves as its chairman. In addition, he is a member of the Crime Reparations Board, which is responsible for assisting victims of crime with their expenses. Guillory has also served with numerous other local non-profit and governmental organizations such as Crime Stoppers, Whistle Stop, and the Westlake Recreation Board.

Guillory is married to Keesha Armstrong and together, they have three children: a son, Garrison, a freshman at McNeese State University; and twin daughters, Maddy and Gabby, sophomores at Westlake High School.