Posted: Feb 2, 2011 6:10 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Feb 2, 2011 6:21 PM
After 15 years as the top cop in St. Mary Parish, Sheriff David Naquin, announced he's retiring. He said he started thinking about retiring two years ago, when he collapsed on the job following Hurricane Gustav.
"We just kind of started talking about it, we said life is too short," he explained. "Let's try to do something and move on."
Naquin said the low points in his career revolved around hurricanes, especially Andrew, but he had many highlights.
He explained, "to let the people of the community elect you to something, to me that was the most humbling experience I ever had in my life."
Residents said Sheriff Naquin has always been very visible and involved in the community and he says that's one thing that is not going to change.
"Certainly not giving to give up on the community," he said. "I just think it's time for me to move on and let somebody else come in."
Naquin said he hopes people remember him for at least one thing.
"That I was fair to everybody," he said. "I would just be tickled to death if that's what people thought of me as I left."
St. Mary Parish Resident, Tim McCain, said "most people around here will remember him as a fair sheriff."
Sheriff Naquin's last day will be sometime in June.