The Right Leadership
The Right Experience
EXPERIENCE IN SERVICE
Raised in Louisiana, Reggie is one of five children born to Dora Thomas and the late Ben Thomas. Reggie's service to the community began immediately after high school, when he enrolled in the United States Air Force. In 1990, he began his career as 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.
A CAREER OF LEADERSHIP
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.
CONTINUING THE WORK
Reggie believes that one of the essential roles of a leader is working with the community you serve and engaging diverse voices to create policies that promote safety, transparency, and fairness. As City Marshal, Reggie plans to build a partnership with the Marshal's Office and the citizens of Lafayette as a way to forge trust and mutual respect.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CITY MARSHAL?
The Lafayette City Marshal role is in charge of serving executive orders issued by Lafayette city court such as serving bench warrants, arrest warrants, and delivering subpoenas. The City Marshal works to protect the City Court and City Judges.
The Lafayette City Marshal's Office serves as a law enforcement agency, equivalent to the Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. They work alongside both agencies in the event that they are needed. Unlike the Lafayette City Police Department and Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, the City Marshal's Office are not dispatched out into the community when a call is made.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Graduate FBI National Academy
President FBI National Academy, Louisiana Chapter
Joint Terrorism Task Force, Member
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Member
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Member
Civil Service Representative for Lafayette Fire and Police
Deacon at St. James Baptist Church