Wiley sworn in as Ascension sheriff

Staff Report
Clerk of Court Kermit 'Hart' Bourque, right, administers the oath of office to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, left, who began his fourth consecutive term on Tuesday as sheriff of Ascension Parish. Ascension Parish Judge Marilyn Lambert, center, witnesses the ceremony held in the Gonzales Civic Center.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley was sworn in for his fourth consecutive term July during a formal dinner at the Gonzales Civic Center where he acknowledged his deputies for helping build the department.

The department has seen a courtroom expansion, renovation of the emergency 911 call center, improvements made to the fleet of motor vehicles and the evidence room and the hiring of 911 employees.

The adminstration's future endeavors include the completion of a jail expansion, an increase in the number of training opportunities and expansion of technical capabilities. 

Wiley first took the office of Ascension sheriff in 1996.

He joined the department in 1974 as a patrol officer before moving up to the Detective Division in 1975, specializing in juvenile justice.

His success working with juveniles led him to accept an Ascension Parish School Board position as coordinator of student services in 1980.

Eight years later, then-Sheriff Harold Tridico selected Wiley as chief criminal deputy.