Sheriff Randy Smith said he is proud to announce the appointment of Captain Lance Vitter as the Commander of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Division, serving as the agency’s new Public Information Officer.
Sheriff Smith feels Captain Vitter’s experience dealing with the public makes him a perfect fit for this position.
Captain Vitter joins the existing Public Affairs staff of Sgt. Suzanne Carboni, Sgt. Greg Gonzales and Deputy Victoria Owens.
Captain Vitter is a 24-year veteran of law enforcement, who began his career in 1993 as a corrections deputy with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. He served as a reserve deputy with TPSO from1993 until 2000, before transferring to a full-time criminal patrol position. Captain Vitter has earned degrees in Business Management, Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, as well as a certified polygraph examiner. Captain Vitter was a Task Force Officer with the New Orleans FBI Civil Rights Unit for two years.