Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Veteran Jim Richardson named Tangipahoa Deputy of the Year

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 | Views: 3014

Veteran Jim Richardson named Tangipahoa Deputy of the Year
HAMMOND, LA – - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards proudly announces Captain James “Jim” Richardson as TPSO’s Deputy of the year.

Captain Richardson started his career in 1971 when he became a full-time member of the Hammond Fire Department. In 1974, he transferred to the Hammond Police Department where he served as Assistant Chief until his retirement in November of 1998. Later that same year, he joined the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office where currently serves as Captain. Captain Richardson is responsible for the TPSO’s Civil Department, Reserve Unit, Training Unit, serves on the command staff during all disaster and major emergency responses, and is the TPSO’s Range Master.

Captain Richardson’s authority is well respected at the TPSO. “Captain Richardson goes above and beyond with training, guidance and the support he offers my deputies,” Edwards says. “Jim is an important member of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and I believe he is very deserving of this honor. I am proud of his service and his commitment to the mission of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Edwards continued.

As to Richardson’s commitment of selfless service, he says it started a long time ago and “it’s all in the family - generation after generation.” From the past, present and now the future there must be something in their genes, as this family has been dedicated to public service and protecting our community for many, many years. It all began with Richardson’s father and mentor, Preston A. Richardson, who served over twenty-years with the Louisiana State Police. Presently, Richardson’s daughter Deputy Tracy Eady, son-in law, Sgt. John Eady, and granddaughter – 21-year-old Reserve Deputy Samantha Eady, are all joined in service at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. The TPSO is very proud of Captain Richardson and his legacy.

Sheriff Edwards and the members of the TPSO would like to thank the City Club of Hammond for hosting their Annual Law Enforcement Banquet honoring all law enforcement. Last night, Captain Richardson was presented as TPSO’s Deputy of the Year by Chief Dennis Pevey.