St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann was sworn in Wednesday, July 1 for his third four-year term as Sheriff of St. Bernard during a small ceremony held at the St. Bernard Civic Center in Chalmette.
Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Robert Klees presented the oath of office to the Sheriff, who was joined by his wife, Monique, and their two daughters.
Judge Klees also swore in Sheriff Pohlmann’s Chief Deputy Richard Baumy, as well as the senior command staff and the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph DiFatta was the emcee and Chaplain Aaron Johnson offered the opening and closing prayers. Several local dignitaries were in attendance, including District Attorney Perry Nicosia, Clerk of Court Randy Nunez, Tax Assessor Jaylynn Bergeron Turner, Judge Kim Jones and Judge Jeanne Juneau.
During the ceremony, the Sheriff thanked the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office for the diligent work they do to keep their community safe, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the trying times our nation is facing.
“I’m proud to have you guys as members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office and I’m proud to be your leader,” the Sheriff said. “We need you. Our community needs you. I need you. And we all need to continue to work together to Keep St. Bernard Safe.”
A native of St. Bernard Parish, Sheriff Pohlmann began his career with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1983 when he was just 18 years old.
Sheriff Pohlmann has served in virtually all areas of the department, including Communications, Corrections, Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations and SWAT. He has also held various command posts throughout his career, including SWAT Commanding Officer and Chief of Field Operations.
After serving as chief deputy for former St. Bernard Sheriff Jack A. Stephens for nearly four years, overseeing all law enforcement operations, he was first elected sheriff in November 2011. Sheriff Pohlmann was re-elected without opposition in 2015 and in 2019.