Panelist: Jay Russell
Jay began his law enforcement career with the Farmerville Police Dept. in the mid 1980's, and came to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office in 1989.
Jay began his career with OPSO under then Sheriff Laymon Godwin at the Ouachita Correctional Center, and then was transferred to patrol where he worked for the next 7 years.
In 1996 he served with the West Monroe Police Department.
In 2000, he returned to OPSO under Sheriff Richard Fewell and was promoted to Major, responsible for the Uniform Patrol Division as well as Communications, Training, S.C.A.T, Truancy, and D.A.R.E.
Jay attended the F.B.I. National Academy for Law Enforcement Officers and graduated with the 211th session in Quantico, VA in 2002.
During his tenure under Sheriff Fewell, Jay was promoted to Chief Deputy and continued in this position until he was sworn in as Sheriff on July 1, 2012.
Jay Russell grew up in Monroe and graduated from Ouachita HParish High School and Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Jay and his wife, Diana, have been married for 27 years and have two children, Michael and Megan.