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Murphy transfers to TPSO HQ, Greene takes over Jail

Murphy transfers to TPSO HQ, Greene takes over Jail
Posted: May 19, 2017
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From the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office:
HAMMOND, LA - (May 19, 2017) - Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced today that Captain Stuart Murphy will be transferring to TPSO headquarters and taking over supervision of the new criminal evidence facility as well as commanding the Water Patrol Division.

Murphy will be replacing Captain Robert Bel, who is completing a distinguished career in law enforcement and retiring in the coming months. Captain Murphy will also continue his role in overseeing fleet safety and maintenance, and other administrative duties as directed by the Sheriff.

Captain Murphy joined the Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer at the Parish Jail in 1996. He served in that role for one year, and then worked in prisoner transport for six months, before transitioning to the Uniformed Patrol Division and completing his training at Louisiana State University’s Basic Police Academy in 1999. When Daniel Edwards became Sheriff-elect, he asked Murphy to serve on his transition team in 2003 and 2004, and to remain with the Sheriff’s Office thereafter.

Murphy first served Sheriff Edwards as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, but in 2006 he was asked to transition to the Parish Jail to learn operations and management of that complex facility. Murphy went on to become Jail Administrator and has remained in that position for more than a decade, during which the Jail’s dilapidated physical condition and under-funding from Parish Government made management a taxing and often thankless job. During his tenure as Jail Administrator, Murphy earned the admiration of criminal court judges and other law enforcement professionals, as well as accolades from officials with the Department of Corrections and the US Marshal’s Office. Murphy will continue as Jail Administrator, until his replacement has been thoroughly oriented to the role, and then will assume the role of Captain Bel upon his retirement.

Sheriff Edwards expressed his gratitude to Captain Murphy for his outstanding service. “This is the toughest job in local law enforcement, and Stuart has done exemplary work for many years. In fact,” the Sheriff added, “he’s got solid law enforcement skills beyond serving as Jail Administrator. He’s a trained hostage negotiator, and we’ve called upon him in life-or-death situations many times. He’s saved lives in that role.”

Sheriff Edwards began an unofficial search in 2015 for someone to fill Captain Murphy’s shoes as Jail Administrator, so that Captain Murphy would be available to work within the management structure of the Sheriff’s Office at the Hammond Substation where most command and control functions are based.

The Sheriff is pleased to announce that Hellary Greene, Jr. will be joining the Sheriff’s Office sometime later this year as the new Jail Administrator. Mr. Greene attended both McNeese State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, obtaining his Associate Degree in 1976. He then served in the United States Army from 1976-81, when he was honorably discharged.

Mr. Greene began his corrections career working for the Department of Corrections at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 1984, and continued with DOC until his retirement in 2008. He quickly rose through the ranks, being promoted to Major at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in just ten years. While at the Elayn Hunt facility, he began a paramilitary boot camp for the inmates and held the title of Drill Instructor. In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Security Warden at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, and worked there until his retirement in 2008.

Sheriff Edwards thanked Mr. Greene for his willingness to leave a well-earned and comfortable retirement to return to jail administration. “I’ve looked for the right person for the last 2 years,” Sheriff Edwards commented, “and in Hellary Greene, I’ve found him. Captain Murphy will continue to work side-by-side with Mr. Greene until he is comfortable in his role.”