Ivy J. Woods - Sheriff
Sheriff Ivy Woods began his Law Enforcement career over two decades ago as a Louisiana State Trooper.
Sheriff Woods was born and raised in Jefferson Davis Parish and is a member of the Lake Arthur High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his athletic career on a scholarship to McNeese State University as a starting offensive guard on the football team. He graduated from McNeese in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business.
After college, Sheriff Woods began a distinguished twenty-one year career with the Louisiana State Police. In 2004, he was awarded as “Senior Trooper of the Year” for Region II. He was also awarded the “Trooper of the Year” in 2006 by Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney Michael Cassidy in recognition for the largest illegal drug currency seizure in the history of Louisiana. During that seizure, $3.3 million in cash was discovered during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 within the parish.
Sheriff Woods has been happily married to the former Bridgit Simon, of Gueydan, for thirty years. Her son, and the sheriff’s step son, Scotty Bertrand and his wife Rachel Price Bertrand, currently reside in Gueydan with their three daughters. Together, Sheriff Woods and Bridgit have four more sons; Ian (28), who is married to the former Bailey Richard of Creole; Isaac (25); Ivan (21) and Iryn Joe (18).
The Sheriff enjoys hunting duck, rabbit and deer, as well as fishing and working on 4-H projects with his sons. For 12 years he was a volunteer football and baseball coach for Jeff Davis youth.
Sheriff Woods and his family currently reside in Lake Arthur, where they are also members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Christopher Ivey - Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey, began his 37-year law enforcement career with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1981 while attending McNeese State University, where he studied Criminal Justice. A 1982 graduate of the Calcasieu Regional Training Academy in Lake Charles, he began in Corrections before moving up through Patrol, Detectives and Vice Divisions. Later, having attended the 66th session of the Louisiana State Police Academy in 1986, he worked patrol as a Louisiana State Trooper from 1986-1990 while assigned to Troop D.
In 1990, Chief Deputy Ivey was reassigned to Region 2 Criminal Investigations Division until his retirement in June of 2012. During this time, he attained the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and then Lieutenant in 2010.
Following his retirement from the Louisiana State Police, beginning July 1, 2012, Chief Deputy Ivey accepted the position of Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. On July 1, 2016, he was ultimately promoted to Chief Deputy following the retirement of former Chief Deputy Robert Broussard.
In December of 2017, he graduated from the FBI National Academy Class 270.