The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has promoted Rick Bergeron to Westside Patrol Division Captain.
He takes over for Captain Dean Werner, who has decided to retire.
The Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, Tony Bacala, attended the Donaldsonville City Council meeting Tuesday, December 9 to officially announce the change in leadership for the Westside Patrol Division.
Werner retires after 31 total years of service. He has been Captain for the last ten years.
“He’s served well,” Bacala said of Werner. “I know he will still serve Donaldsonville in some capacity.”
Bacala described the vetting process as “grueling” prior to choosing a new individual for the position.
In consulting lieutenants, he said: “I can’t tell you how many of those guys brought up one name – Rick Bergeron. He is the leader they recognize.”
Bergeron’s career with the Sheriff’s Office began in 1988. He became a detective in 1992.
“Rick has always been passionate about this city,” Bacala said.
Werner will continue to assist Bergeron in the interim, prior to handing over the reigns, the Chief Deputy added.
“I feel you’ll be quite pleased with our selection,” Bacala said.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan joined the Council in thanking Werner for his service, and congratulating Bergeron on his promotion.
The Mayor recalled the mutual respect he and Werner shared throughout his tenure. Sullivan also pointed to the line of communication he has with Bergeron.
“I think Rick will do an excellent job,” Sullivan said.
Councilman Emile Spano pointed out that Werner was always open to listening and working to solve issues.
“I’ve really appreciated working with you,” Spano said to the retiring Captain.
“I think that’s the feelings of the entire Council,” followed Councilman Raymond Aucoin.