Senior Command Staff
Harold Jean Batiste
Harold Jean Batiste, Jr., has been named Chief Deputy. He is a graduate of St. Martinville Senior High and Southern University. Batiste earned an associate degree in law enforcement and a bachelor’s degree in sociology. His award-winning career with the Louisiana State Police spans 29 years, where he gained an extensive narcotics background with training in criminal investigations, leadership, and management.
Chief Financial Officer
Darren Dore will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Dore graduated from St. Martinville Senior High School and earned his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana – Lafayette) in 1982. Dore served the City of St. Martinville for nearly 20 years before joining the sheriff’s office in 2004.
Chief Legal Counsel
Greg Moroux has over 40 years practicing law primarily in the areas of Labor and Employment, Oil and Gas and General Litigation. He was appointed an Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division of the Western District of Louisiana. While acting as an Assistant US Attorney, his main focus was narcotics prosecutions. He has also handled several different types of cases including bank, mail and Medicaid fraud along with civil rights cases. Upon completing his career with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Moroux entered into private practice focusing on insurance defense and liability issues. He currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Attorney of the State of Louisiana. He holds a vast and valuable amount of knowledge and experience which proves to be a huge asset for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Executive Officer of Administrative Services
Retired St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert is a 34 and ½ year veteran of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. He began his career in law enforcement in 1983 patrolling St. Mary Parish. Over the next 20 years, Hebert became shift supervisor, worked as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) agent, was promoted to Lieutenant, and reached the rank of Major acting as Warden in charge of the Corrections Division. Hebert was instrumental in developing one of the first pilot programs for re-entry in the nation. He instituted a full time GED program and implemented the St. Mary Parish Work Release Program. In 2006, Hebert assumed the duties of overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division which included all criminal cases, juvenile cases, D.A.R.E., school resource officers and warrants. In January of 2011, Hebert was promoted to Chief Deputy before being appointed as interim sheriff in July of 2011. Hebert won the confidence of St. Mary Parish voters becoming the elected sheriff in October 2011. Sheriff Hebert was re-elected to office in October 2015, and retired from the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office in January of 2018. He has since re-located to St. Martin Parish and currently resides in Breaux Bridge
Executive Administrative Assistant
Danielle Guidry, Breaux Bridge native, is extremely excited to be serving the beautiful community of St. Martin Parish as Sherriff Becket Breaux’s Executive Administrative Assistant. She has worked closely with the Sheriff as his campaign manager and believes in the powerful vision he has for the community. Danielle’s strong work ethic, optimism, and love for her community will be an asset as Becket’s plans rollout.
Danielle is a true Cajun, who grew up as the only girl in a family of boys- but was always able to hold her own. She grew up working outside, riding horses, raising livestock, and was a graduate of the Breaux Bridge High School class of 2006. After her time at ULL, she began her career at a financial advising firm in Lafayette. Over the 11 years she worked there, she closed out that season as an In-Charge Manager of nearly 80 client groups. She learned the importance of teamwork and communication to “get the job done”. Danielle married her high school sweetheart, Cal, 9 years ago, and together they have one beautiful daughter and two adventurous sons. She is a definitive “people person” and loves going out to listen to live music, along with painting and drawing on her down-time.
Public Affairs Commander
A 22-year veteran of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ginny Higgins, will continue to serve as Public Affairs Division Commander. She holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana), and an associate degree in legal secretarial studies from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. Higgins holds various certifications in domestic violence, crisis intervention and negotiation. She is a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Academy, P.O.S.T. Juvenile Officer Academy, and of the National Victim Assistance Academy. She has served as an elderly services officer and as a supervisor of the school resource officers. She is also on the FBI Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (JCARD).
Enforcement Division Commander
Chris Owens will serve as Enforcement Services Division Commander. Owens studied criminal justice at the University of Louisiana. He began his career at the Lafayette Police Department in 1988, where he received the 100 Club Award. He then joined the Louisiana State Police, where he was named Trooper of the Year. In 2016, he began his career with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he supervised the school resource unit, communications, crime analysis unit, uniform crime reporting, marine patrol unit, K-9 unit, and crash reconstruction unit.
Special Service Division Commander / OHSEP Director
The current Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Martin Parish, Terry Guidry, will serve as Support Services Division Commander / OHSEP Director. Guidry began his career with the sheriff’s office as a correctional officer in 1992 and rose through the ranks to major. He currently also supervises special services, fleet and maintenance, and the Marine Patrol Division. Guidry also serves as a coroner investigator, holds a Louisiana Emergency Manager Professional certification, and has completed the Governors’ Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Command College.
Correctional Division Commander
Ellis James Melancon Jr. is a 24 year veteran with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has held the title of Warden for the past six years. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office he has held various positions including the following: Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Agent, Patrol Supervisor and Warrants Service Bureau Supervisor. He was also a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, Louisiana Sheriff’s Task Force and United States Marshal Gator Task force. He also was an Instructor at the St. Martin Parish Training Academy.
Ellis Melancon is also an 11 year Veteran of the Army National Guard where he was a Mechanized Infantry Soldier. During his military career he was deployed to Central America Belize on a peace keeping mission in 1997 and in 2004 was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his military career he has received numerous service medals, Two Army Achievement Medals, Army Accommodation Medal, Combat Infantry badge, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Army Service Ribbon, Louisiana War Cross Medal and Louisiana Emergency Service Medal. In March 2005, he fulfilled his military obligation and was honorably discharged.
Ellis is a lifelong resident of St. Martin Parish and looks forward to continue serving the citizens of St. Martin Parish.