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Panelist Bio

Michael Waguespack
Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael J. Waguespack was born in Baton Rouge with family roots deeply seeded in Vacherie, Louisiana in the neighboring parish of St. James Parish. He attended Louisiana State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1987.

Upon graduation, he went to work for Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs’ (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers, LLP), a then “Big Six” international accounting firm in Houston, Texas, where he later received his certification and license (CPA) to practice public accounting in 1990. His missed his friends and home in the great State of Louisiana and convinced the firm to transfer him to their New Orleans office where he continued serving publicly traded companies and large closely held entities throughout the State and Gulf Coast Areas. He left Coopers and Lybrand CPA’s in 1992 to become the Chief Financial Officer of a major real estate firm in Baton Rouge but soon left to serve the public with opening his private accounting/consulting practice in Baton Rouge. He then began serving many clients in the River Parish Area primarily in Assumption Parish. He soon fell in love with the “people and culture” of Assumption Parish and later moved to Plattenville in 1993 to concentrate on the expansion of his private practice in this community and throughout the State.

During 1998, he launched his first bid for public office, a grass roots campaign for the office of Sheriff. With the backing of a former Assumption Sheriff and the 23rd Judicial District Attorney Anthony “Tony” Falterman along with many members of a “diverse grass roots coalition” he, against all odds, successfully unseated an Incumbent Sheriff during the 1999 election cycle and took office July 2000. He was re-elected in 2003 and again in 2007.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack remains very active in Business Entities (Accounting Firm, Mortgage Company and Real Estate Concerns) and Civic Organizations serving or having served as a Member, Board Member and/or Officer of the following Law Enforcement, Business and Civic Organizations. Some of those past and present organizations are as follows: National Sheriffs Association, Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association (Executive Board, Finance Committee, Insurance Advisory Board Committee), Metropolitan Law Enforcement District (Board Member & Officer), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, Kappa Sigma House Corporation (LSU, Gamma Chapter Treasurer), South Central Planning Commission Revolving Loan Fund Board Member, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of Assumption, Assumption Area Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), Pierre Part–Belle River Business Group and Knight of Columbus (4th Degree Knight).

Sheriff Mike Waguespack is married Elaine Toups from Thibodaux and have two young children, Megan Marie and Sydney Anne and they currently reside in Napoleonville.

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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