Sheriff Newell D. Normand Biography

Sheriff Newell Normand

Newell D. Normand was first elected Sheriff of Jefferson Parish by 91% of the voters in November of 2007 and again in 2011 by 92% of the vote. Sheriff Normand has previously served in various command positions during his 34 years with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office such as Chief Criminal Deputy, Comptroller, and Chief of the Louis Armstrong Airport Law Enforcement Detachment. Prior to joining the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, he started his law enforcement career in the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office serving high risk warrants and court capias.


Sheriff Normand’s formative years spent at Jesuit High School instilled in him the value of education which eventually led him to receiving a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University. Newell is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive Institute.


He continues to give back to his community by serving on the boards of numerous organizations such as East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Directors and the Fore!Kids Foundation.


He also gives back to the law enforcement community by co-authoring a book entitled, “Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.”


His professional accomplishments include work with the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Board of Directors, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, New Orleans Chamber, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Government Finance Officers Association and many, many more.


He is married to the former Shawn M. Bridgewater and is the proud father of John Taylor Normand and Sarah Elizabeth Normand.

  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, University of New Orleans
  • FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia
  • FBI National Executive Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Virginia / Criminal Justice Education
  • Louisiana State University / Criminal Justice-Continuing Education
  • Jesuit High School, New Orleans
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute, 2010
  • Sheriff, 2007 - Present
  • Chief Criminal Deputy, Comptroller, and Administrative Assistant to Sheriff Harry Lee - 23 years
  • Louis Armstrong International Airport, Chief, Law Enforcement Detachment
  • Deputy, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office
  • P.O.S.T. Certified (Peace Officer Standards and Training)
  • Tulane University City College, Instructor
Civic Participation
  • East Jefferson General Hospital
    • Board of Directors, 1998 - Present
    • Chairman, 2013
  • Volunteers of America - Greater New Orleans
    • Board of Directors, 1996 - 2001
    • President's Advisory Council, Present
  • Jefferson Community School
    • Board of Directors, 1999 - 2009
  • Jefferson Children's Advocacy Center
    • Auxiliary Board, 2011 - Present
  • Jefferson Children's Advocacy Center
    • Board of Directors, 2008 - 2011
  • Fore!Kids Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
  • Fore!Kids Foundation
    • Executive Committee, 1998 - 2010
  • JPSO/Firemen Flag Fund
    • Board of Directors, Present
  • Stuart Hall School
    • Board of Trustees, 2002 - 2008
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Board of Directors, 2003 - 2011
  • Metairie Park Country Day School, 2012 - Present
Professional Associations
  • Major county Sheriffs' Association
    • Member, 2013
  • Super Bowl XLVII
    • Advisory Committee, 2013
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
    • Life Member, 2013
  • Louisiana Sheriffs' Executive Management Institute (LSEMI)
    • Chairman, 2012 - Present
  • National Fusion Center Conference
    • Speaker, 2010
  • National Executive Institute, 2010
  • Super Bowl XXXVI
    • Public Safety and Security Committee, 2002
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
    • Board of Directors, 1998 - Present
    • Chairman 2001-2002
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Louisiana State Board
    • Vice-Chairman 1999
    • Chairman 2000
  • Louisiana Asset Management Pool, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, 1998 - 2002
    • President's Advisory Council, Present
  • Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice
    • Board, 2008-Present
    • Member 1997 - 2005
  • Governor's Anti-Terrorist Task Force
    • Member, 2001 - Present
  • U.S. Attorney, Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force
    • Member, 2001-Present
  • New Orleans Chamber and the River Region Board of Directors, 1999
  • New Orleans Chamber and the Region Eastbank Executive Committee 1997 - 1999
  • Government Finance Officer's Association
    • Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Member
  • National Sheriff's Association
    • Member
  • Louisiana Sheriff's Association Legislative Team
    • Member
  • Fraternal Order of Police
    • Member
  • Association for Public Safety Communications
    • Member
  • University of New Orleans, Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2014
  • Family Services of Greater New Orleans, Ten Outstanding Persons (for work with Young Marines and Band of Excellence programs), 2014 
  • Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), DWI Enforcement Award (for the most DWI arrests per department), 2014
  • International Academy of Public Safety, Moral Compass Leadership Award, 2014
  • The Extra Mile, Southeast Louisiana, Inc., Health Care Champion, Mental Health Advocate of the Year for Service to Persons with Disabilities, 2013
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense, Patriotic Employer Award, 2013
  • International Crisis Intervention Team, CIT Sheriff of the Year, 2013
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Light of Hope Award, 2012
  • Crimestoppers Distinguished Service in Criminal Justice Award, 2012
  • The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Distinguished Leadership in Law Enforcement Award, 2011
  • Jefferson Chamber Public Service Award Recipient, 2011
  • Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Recipient of the Joseph Giarrusso Civic Recognition Award, 2010
  • Employer Support of The National Guard And Reserve Patriotic Employer Award Recipient, 2010
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation's Policeman of the Year Recipient, 2010
  • United States Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture Program, 2009
  • Crimestoppers Law Enforcement Award, 2009
  • University of New Orleans College of Engineering's Certificate of Merit, 2009
  • Jefferson Parish Public School System Distinguished Safety Award, 2007
  • East Jefferson General Hospital's Great People Doing Great Things, 2006
  • Government Finance Officer's Association Recipient of Award for Financial Reporting Achievement, 1994 - 2006
  • Jefferson Chamber Public Service Award


  • Member, St. Catherine of Siena Church
  • Married to the former Shawn M. Bridgewater
  • Two children - John Taylor and Sarah Elizabeth