Anslum takes the oath; ready to begin ‘journey’
FRANKLIN — St. Mary Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Scott Anslum took the oath of office Monday, to become the 18th sheriff of St. Mary Parish, replacing Sheriff Mark Hebert, who served in the job since 2011.
Hebert retired Monday to spend time with his wife Jill, who is battling a serious illness. Anslum will serve as interim sheriff until this fall, when St. Mary Parish voters will elect a new top brass to fill Hebert’s unexpired term.
“Today we start a new journey, but as a team,” Anslum said Monday on his 44th birthday.
“To the citizens of St. Mary Parish — you have my pledge that the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office will continue to be the best in the state. I assure you my door will always be open — we’re all in this together.”
Former Sheriff David Naquin introduced Anslum before the oath of office was conducted. Naquin, who was Hebert’s predecessor, served from 1996 until 2010.
“Let me say this about Scott. He has the experience to do the job,” Naquin said.
Then, pointing to St. Mary Parish deputies who were in the room, Naquin said, “I can tell you that Sheriff Anslum will be only as good as you guys standing right here. You are going to make him successful. If you do that, and work together, this place will be as great as it always has been.”
Hebert, who was unable to attend the ceremony, issued this statement to the press: “I am confident that Scott Anslum has the experience, intelligence and leadership skills to continue our work of making the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office the best in Louisiana. I am also confident that the entire St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will stand with him to continue the great tradition of this office.”
Anslum asked for the continued support of the citizens of St. Mary Parish.
“I firmly believe that each member of our community can offer assistance, be it the faith-based community, business leaders, those in the education community, or the hard-working citizens who make St. Mary Parish our home. I need your help and assure you my door will always be open,” Anslum said.
Anslum’s mother, Dale, said the job of sheriff was a dream for Scott.
“He would say it often when he was a child, and I would tell him to keep dreaming and reaching. This year for Christmas, when I gave him his card, I told him — my child, your dream has arrived, and I am so proud,” the interim sheriff’s mother said.
Ed “Tiger” Verdin has been a personal friend of Anslum’s for a number of years, having worked with him when they were young adults, outside of law enforcement.
“I’ve come to know him as a great leader, father, and a man of great faith. May God continue to guide him through his daily walk, as the top law enforcement official in our great parish,” Verdin said.
Anslum, a lifelong resident of Charenton who graduated from Franklin High School, began his law enforcement career 25 years ago in Baldwin as a reserve officer, in 1992. He later accepted a patrol position in 1997.
He joined the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a patrol deputy.
In 2000, Anslum was promoted into the Narcotics Division. While assigned to this division, Anslum served as a Drug Enforcement Administration liaison, director of the St. Mary Parish Multi- Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, where he was assigned to command the Narcotics Division.
In 2011, Anslum was promoted to captain.
In 2012, Anslum reached the rank of major and supervised numerous divisions within the criminal division. He also served as the initial Accreditation Manager for the Sheriff’s Office from 2012 until 2015 and was instrumental in assisting the Sheriff’s Office in reaching its goal of obtaining accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
In 2014, Anslum was assigned to be the warden at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, where he was tasked to manage all facility operations.