Marshal Reggie Thomas’ service to the community began immediately after high school, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1990, he began his career as a police officer with the Lafayette Police Department. During his time on the force, Reggie served as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Agent, Training Director, Homicide Detective, and Precinct Commander.

In January 2016, Reggie was appointed Interim Chief of Police for the City of Lafayette. He worked directly with the Mayor and City Council to implement the city’s first Community Relations Committee focused on developing policies to strengthen the communication and trust between the police and members of the community. In addition to his community development work, Reggie also testified before the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and, with the help of the department’s amazing accreditation team, was able to obtain accreditation for the Lafayette Police Department for the first time in the city’s history.

Following his term as Interim Chief, Reggie remained with the department as the first Deputy Chief of Police in the city’s history. As Deputy Chief of Police, Reggie continued his work in managing the city’s police force, increasing diversity, and implementing policies to reduce domestic violence.

The leadership roles that Reggie has filled came about through his strong belief in training. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2011. Reggie is also a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXXII and of Louisiana Leadership.

Marshal Thomas believes that one of the essential roles of a leader is working with the community you serve and engaging diverse voices to create policies and promote safety, transparency, and fairness.


Chris Trahan is the Chief Deputy for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.  He has 28 plus years of law enforcement experience and was hired by the Marshal’s Office in 2021.  Prior to him becoming Chief Deputy, he was assigned as Captain for the Lafayette City Police Department.  He oversees all aspects of the office on a day-to-day basis.


Chuck Clause is the Captain for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.  He has 26 plus years of law enforcement experience and was hired by the Marshal’s Office in 1996.  Prior to him becoming Captain, he was assigned to the Warrants Division, Civil Division, and Training Division.  Captain Clause is also the Accreditation Manager for the office, where he oversees the project of the Marshal’s Office maintaining accreditation status.


Sallie Spears is the Lieutenant for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.  She has 26 plus years of law enforcement experience and was hired by the Marshal’s Office in 1996.  Prior to her becoming Lieutenant, she was assigned to Office Staff and the Civil Division.  She is the direct supervisor of the lower deputies at all levels.


The mission of the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office is to provide security and serve and execute all orders and mandates of the Lafayette City Court. We will work together as a team, engaging with our community and impacting our youth by implementing programs and solving problems. We will lead by example, in order to establish trust, honor, dignity and respect for all the citizens of Lafayette we have sworn to protect and serve.

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