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Charles Fuselier

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Charles Auguste Fuselier, Sr.
Sheriff of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
In office
Preceded byAllan B. Durand
Succeeded byRonald J. Theriot
Personal details
Born(1942-12-28)December 28, 1942
St. Martinville
St. Martin Parish
Louisiana, USA
DiedMarch 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 73)
La Grange, Fayette County, Texas
Resting placeEpiphany Columbarium in New Iberia, Louisiana
Political partyDemocrat / later Republican
Spouse(s)Lyndahl Hobgood Fuselier (born 1943)
ChildrenCharles A. Fuselier, Jr.

Rebecca F. Smith

Elizabeth A. Fuselier
ResidenceSt. Martinville, Louisiana
Alma materSt. Martinville Senior High School
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
OccupationLaw-enforcement officer
For the Louisiana Cajun musician, see J. B. Fuselier.

Charles Auguste Fuselier, Sr. (December 28, 1942 – March 27, 2016), was from 1980 to 2003 the sheriff of St. Martin Parish in South Louisiana. Known for innovations in his office, Fuselier resigned prior to the nonpartisan blanket primary in 2003 for what would have been his seventh term.

Fuselier's father, Charles J. Fuselier, was the sheriff prior to 1978, when he died in office. Fuselier was elected sheriff in 1979 and took office in the summer of 1980, after the two-year interim period of Sheriff Allan B. Durand (1919–2006). Durand had been chief deputy under the first Sheriff Fuselier and continued thereafter as first deputy under Charles A. Fuselier until Durand's retirement.[1] He was reelected in 1983 with more than 86 percent of the ballots cast.[2] In his last contested re-election in 1995, Fuselier polled more than 65 percent of the vote over three opponents.[3] He was succeeded by Ronald J. "Ronny" Theriot (born 1946), an Independent and former major with the Louisiana State Police, who assumed the office on October 16, 2003.[4][5]

In 1983, Fuselier oversaw the completion of a new jail; in 1990, the installation of a parish-wide 911 system; in 1991, the creation of a sheriff's substation, and in 1995, the construction of a facility for juveniles. In 1996, he received the National Sheriff of the Year award, an honor for which he expressed "shock". Then U.S. Representative Jimmy Hayes of Louisiana's 7th congressional district, since disbanded, honored Fuselier in a speech delivered on the floor of Congress. In his address, Hayes noted that Fuselier initiated a local partnership between the sheriff's office, the St. Martinville chief of police, and the American Association of Retired Persons to create the first TRIAD program in St. Martin Parish, which works to prevent crimes against senior citizens.[6] In 1999, the St. Martin Parish sheriff's office under Fuselier became the first in Louisiana to receive the imprint of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.[7]

He was named "Sheriff of the Year" in Louisiana by the Farm Bureau Federation. He was a past president of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association and a former board member of the National Sheriffs' Association. For thirty years, he was a member of the board of directors of Teche Bank.[8]

Though Fuselier's political career occurred while he was a Democrat, the office of Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler lists Fuselier and his wife, the former Lyndahl Hobgood (born June 1943), as Republican voters, as of December 2013.[9]

As a student from 1953 to 1959 at St. Martinville Senior High School, an entity of the St. Martin Parish School Board, Fuselier was active in 4-H. Thereafter, as sheriff he was heavily involved in the promotion of 4-H programs. In 1981, he established the Charles Fuselier Livestock Award, named for his father, and the subsequent Charles Fuselier Scholarship in 2002. In 2008, he was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame, housed in a museum in Avoyelles Parish south of Alexandria.[7] Fuselier graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he lettered for four years on the Ragin' Cajuns football team.[8]

In 2003, Fuselier was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. As of 2014, only four other sheriffs have received this designation, Cat Doucet, Leonard R. "Pop" Hataway, Harry Lee, and Jessel Ourso.[10]

Fuselier died at the age of seventy-three at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange, Texas. His services were held at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in New Iberia, Louisiana.[8]

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  2. "Results for Election Date: 10/22/1983: St. Martin Parish". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  3. "Results for Election Date: 10/21/1995: St. Martin Parish". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  4. "Results for Election Date: 10/4/2003: St. Martin Parish". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  5. "About Us: Sheriff Ronald J. Theriot". stmartinsheriff.org. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  6. "Honoring Sheriff Charles A. Fuselier, Sheriff of the Year". capitolwords.org. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "A Concurrent Resolution" (PDF). lanewsbureau.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Charles Fuselier obituary". Lafayette Daily Advertiser. March 30, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  9. "Click By Voter: Charles Fuselier, December 1942; Click Lyndahl Fuselier, June 1943)". voterportal.sos.la.gov. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Hall of Fame listing". Louisianapoliticalmuseum.com. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
Preceded by
Allan B. Durand
Sheriff of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

Charles Auguste Fuselier, Sr.

Succeeded by
Ronald J. Theriot

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