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Sheriff promotes 3 Officers
Schmidt promoted to Major; Whitney, DeCorte promoted to Captain

heriff Champagne
is proud to announce the promotion of three St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office employees.

Maj. Gil Schmidt
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.

 Major Schmidt 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.

Capt. Mark Candies
Capt. Mark Candies
Mark Candies has been promoted to the rank of Captain.

Captain Candies is a 28-year veteran of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office currently assigned to the St. Charles Parish Regional P.O.S.T. Academy as the director of training. His previous assignments include corrections officer, patrol officer, patrol supervisor and watch commander. He is a former member of the Special Response Team and commander of the department Honor Guard. Captain Candies is a member of the La. P.O.S.T. Council's Active Shooter Training committee, Basic Academy Curriculum Committee, and has been certified in federal court as an expert in police training tactics.
Captain Candies assisted with the creation and development of the Active Shooter Response Planning Course (IMPASE) and has trained local, state, and federal enforcement officers, in addition to nuclear security and U.S. Military personnel.

Captain Candies resides in Destrehan with his wife Lori. He has two adult children, Grant James and Lauren Elizabeth, and two adult stepdaughters, Lauren Ashley and Lacie Eliece.

Capt. Troy Whitney
Capt. Troy Whitney
Troy Whitney has been promoted to Captain and Assistant Warden of the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.
Captain Whitney has been serving the citizens of St. Charles Parish since 1997. He began his law enforcement career serving as a correctional officer for two years before being assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. There he served as a field training officer, attained the rank of corporal, and was assigned as the assistant westbank supervisor.

After nearly ten years of service in the Patrol Division, Captain Whitney was reassigned as a staff instructor at the St. Charles Regional P.O.S.T. Training Academy, where he attained the rank of sergeant. After three years of service in the training academy, he was promoted to lieutenant and was reassigned as the commander of the Internal Affairs Division. Captain Whitney is currently assigned to the Corrections Department as an assistant warden and also serves as the sniper team leader for the Special Response Team and assistant commander of the Honor Guard Team.

A 1997 graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Captain Whitney earned an associate of science degree in Criminal Justice.

He is a graduate of the Lafourche Parish P.O.S.T. Academy and the FBI's Instructor Development Program.

Captain Whitney currently resides in Luling with his wife and two children and is also an ordained deacon at First Baptist Church Luling.

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