Stitch Guillory sworn in as Calcasieu's new sheriff

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – Gary “Stitch” Guillory will be officially sworn in tonight as Calcasieu Parish's new sheriff, and KPLC will broadcast the event live here.

Guillory's appointed staff will also be sworn in.

Tony Mancuso, who has led the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for 41 years, said goodbye Wednesday, saying he was confident in Stitch's ability to “move this department forward.”

Guillory makes history as the first African American to serve as Calcasieu sheriff after winning sixty percent of the vote in last year's election. He brings 40 years of law enforcement experience, beginning his career as a Westlake Police patrol officer in 1983. Guillory rose through the ranks from team sergeant to detective to captain before being elected Westlake Police Chief. In 2004, Tony Mancuso selected Guillory to become his chief deputy at Calcasieu.

Guillory also received the DARE Officer of the Year Award, the Law Enforcement Award from the West Calcasieu Branch of the NAACP, and the Law Enforcement of the Year Award from the North Lake Charles Kiwanis Club .

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