Byron R. LeCounte was recently named Chief of Corrections at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

Chief LeCounte, who previously served as a major at the Atlanta city jail, is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Orleans Justice Center.  He reports to Independent Compliance Director Darnley Hodge.

Director Hodge said, “We welcome someone of Byron’s caliber for his ability to not only thoroughly research and analyze situations, but to propose creative solutions.”

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman said, “Byron’s demonstrated leadership and people skills will go a long way to helping us to inspire our staff, attract new staffers and safely manage the Orleans Justice Center.   I look forward to working with him.” 

Chief LeCounte has nearly 25 years of corrections experience, having started his law enforcement career as a corrections officer at the Atlanta city jail in 1995. He steadily rose through the ranks serving as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, chief of staff and major, his final post when he retired from the Atlanta jail.

Chief LeCounte earned a bachelor of science degree from Columbus College and a master of public administration degree from Columbus State University.  Under the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, Chief LeCounte completed certifications in both supervision (2005) and management (2008). In 2018, he served as President-Elect of the Georgia Jail Association.

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