Colonel Lawrence McLeary
Colonel Lawrence McLeary, Chief Criminal Deputy, has been with the office since 2008. He oversees all Administrative and Criminal Operations. Prior to coming on with the Sheriff’s Office, he served 28 years with the Louisiana State Police and was in Traffic Enforcement, Gaming, Training, Investigations, Public Information, Protective Services, and Hiring and Recruitment. In addition he also served 4yrs with the Chicago Police Department, and he has a Bachelor's Degree from LSU.
Major Michael Crawford
Major Michael Crawford, Chief of Operations, began his career with the Sheriff’s Office at the Parish Prison in 1998 and has worked in various departments including D.A.R.E and as the Public Information Officer. He is certified as a FBI Crisis Negotiator, Louisiana P.O.S.T. Instructor, Southern Law Enforcement Foundation Peer Support Member, just to name a few. Major Crawford attended Southern University and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Prior to coming to the Sheriff’s Office, Major Crawford served (6) six years in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded “Marine of the Year” in 1999. While maintaining a busy regime, Crawford also serves as the Honor Guard Commander, having direct leadership over the most elite group of men and women in the office who all serve with “Loyalty, Respect, and Honor”. With a fervent desire to help others, Crawford acts a liaison with several non-profit organizations on behalf of the office. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Capital Area March of Dimes.
Major Bryan White
Major Bryan White serves as the Commander of the General Investigations Division which includes Detectives and Sex Offender Registration. He has spent 30 years serving with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, twenty-two as a full time employee and eight as a Reserve Deputy. He has worked in numerous divisions including, Communications, Uniform Patrol, Narcotics, General Investigations, and Transportation. During his tenure at the Sheriff's Office, Captain White has served on two separate multi-agency task forces, one a Joint Homicide Investigation Task Force, the other was responsible for organizing and sponsoring a statewide educational conference for Sexual Predator investigators. Captain White also supervises five investigators assigned to assist with the La. Department of Justice Internet Child Predator Task Force.
Major Anthony Ponton
Major Anthony Earl Ponton, Jr. serves as the Major of Uniform Patrol. Captain Ponton started his law enforcement career in August 1989 as a deputy at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He has worked as a uniform patrol officer at the Scotlandville Substation, been a member of the Special Community Anti-Crime Team (SCAT), worked as a Sheriff’s Office liaison with the EBR Coroner’s Office, served as Assistant Reserve Commander, and has also served as a member of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) for ten years, where he served as team leader for six of those years. He has also served as the Captain of the Burbank Substation for East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. He graduated from Southern University with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He enjoys working with kids and the community.
Public Information Director Casey Rayborn Hicks
Casey Rayborn Hicks, became the Public Information Director for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department in December of 2007. She serves as spokesperson for the office and oversees all community relations efforts, including the D.A.R.E. program, Crime Victim’s Assistance and Neighborhood Watch. In addition to community and media relations, she produces the office’s monthly newsletter, assistant produces the monthly television show and coordinates various outreach efforts. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from LSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. She served for several years as the Public Information Officer and Multimedia Archives Director for Louisiana Secretary of State before earning her Master’s Degree from LSU in Mass Communication in Public Relations. During her time at LSU she served as Community/Faculty Partner Liaison for the Center for Community Engagement Learning and Leadership. She has also served as an adjunct professor for LSU’s Manship College of Mass Communication teaching Media and Public Relations Writing. She specializes in public relations and political communication, particularly in public information and law enforcement. She also has extensive training in crisis communication, writing and media relations. In addition to her work at the Sheriff’s Office, she serves on the Crime Stoppers board and the I CARE Advisory Board, is a member of many professional organizations including Public Relations Association of Louisiana, Women in Media, National Information Officers Association, Press Club, The Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition, and others. Women in Media presented her with the Award of Excellence in Public Relations in 2009 and the Public Relations Association of Louisiana named her the 2009 Practitioner of the Year.
Internal Affairs Investigator Rhys Flynn
Captain Rhys Flynn, Internal Affairs Division, began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1993. He has worked in the Parish Prison, Uniform Patrol, Narcotics, and as a detective in the General Investigations Division. In addition to Internal Affairs duties, he also conducts Polygraphs for the agency. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He completed the LSU Basic Training Academy, LSU Scientific Crime Investigator Institute, as well as specialized training in the areas of Homicide investigations, Narcotics investigations, and Internal Affairs investigations. He graduated from both the National Training Center of Polygraph Science and the American International Institute of Polygraph. He served in the Louisiana Army National Guard for six years.