- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish’s emergency command, which oversees the local 911 system and emergency and homeland security operations, will undergo a leadership change for the first time in three decades.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1EZ9DlC ) Capt. Craig Stansbury, who serves as executive officer of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office enforcement division, will replace William Vincent as director of the Lafayette Parish Communication District.

Vincent, who’s served as director since the parish 911 system was created in 1979, will retire March 1, said Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit, chairman of the Lafayette Parish Communication District Commission.

Stansbury, who’s leaving the Sheriff’s Office after 31 years of service, will begin shadowing Vincent on Monday, Benoit said.

Stansbury was hired in December after Vincent announced his retirement last summer, Benoit said.

Stansbury had worked as enforcement division director since 2000, except for a three-year stint as patrol commander from 2011-13.

The Lafayette Parish Communication District includes representatives from local police, governmental and emergency medical agencies. It oversees 911 operations and the Lafayette City-Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and it mobilizes in emergency situations such as floods, ice storms and hurricanes.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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