Maj. Gil Schmidt
Gil Schmidt has been promoted to the rank of major.
Major Schmidt began his career with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office in 1981 as a deputy in the Patrol Division under then Sheriff Charles Wilson.
Major Schmidt graduated from the Louisiana State University POST Academy in February of 1982 and was promoted to detective, where he remained until October of 1984.
left the Sheriff's Office for a brief period in 1984 to work security in the petrochemical industry, but retumed to the Sheriff's Office in August of 1985 working in the Patrol Division. He remained in the Patrol Division where he obtained the ranks of corporal, sergeant and in 1992 was promoted to a lieutenant as a watch commander in the Patrol Division.
In April of 2009, Sheriff Champagne promoted Schmidt to captain over Patrol, Traffic, K-9, Marine, Vehicle Maintenance, Reserve Division, and off-duty assignments.
Major Schmidt will now serve as the commander of the Strategic Operations Department. His duties will include overseeing the following: courthouse security, civil process servers, standard operating guidelines, contracts/memorandums of understandings, and all hazard emergency plans. He will also be the Sheriff's Office emergency operations manager as well as the liaison officer to all other parish level governmental agencies.
Major Schmidt is married to Mary Gautreaux Schmidt. They live in Destrehan. Major Schmidt has three children - Kristen, Gil III, and Jonathan -and two grandchildren, Caden and Ansley.