Julian Whittington is well known in Bossier Parish. The 52 year old former Chief Criminal Deputy was brought up in Benton and served for 23 years in the Sheriff's Department.
He is a graduate of BPCC (Associates Degree) and received his Bachelor's Degree from Northeast State University, now ULM.
He and his wife Melissa have a son, 26 and a daughter, 22.
In his years with the Department he served in various capacities in every operation of the office, both Criminal and Civil.
Whittington points out that the office requires a lot more than criminal experience; the sheriff is the tax collector for the parish, serves all papers for the District Court including foreclosures, sells siezed property at Sheriff's sale every week, operates 3 prisons and the Academy.
This is on top of managing 300+ employees and overseeing a budget of more than $30,000,000.
From his early days patrolling the parish to his days as Chief Deputy, he says that he is the only candidate who has experience in all of these crucial operations of the office.
Whittington believes that the sheriff's office should practice transparency and that the sheriff should be available to the public. If elected, he said that 'on the first day I would move the office of the sheriff back into the Courthouse'.
He will officially announce for the office next Tuesday, April 19th, at the Bossier City Civic Center Bodcau Room at 4PM. He stated that this is an open invitation to all residents of the parish.