Ivy J. Woods - Sheriff
Sheriff Woods began his Law Enforcement career over two decades ago as a Louisiana State Trooper. Sheriff Woods was born and raised in Jeff Davis Parish, and is a member of the Lake Arthur High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his athletic career on a scholarship at McNeese State University as a starting offensive guard on the football team. He graduated from McNeese in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business.
After college, Sheriff Woods began a distinguished twenty-one year career with the Louisiana State Police. In 2004, he was awarded as “Senior Trooper of the Year” for Region II. Sheriff Woods was also awarded as “Trooper of the Year” in 2006, by Jeff Davis District Attorney Michael Cassidy in recognition for the largest illegal drug currency seizure in the history of Louisiana - 3.3 million dollars cash on Interstate 10 in Jeff Davis Parish.
The Sheriff enjoys hunting duck, rabbit, and deer, as well as fishing and working on 4-H projects with his sons. For 12 years he was a volunteer coach of football and baseball for the youth of Jeff Davis. Sheriff Woods has been happily married to the former Bridget Simon for twenty-four years. Together they have four sons: Ian (19), Isaac (15), Ivan (12), and Irwyn Joe (9). Sheriff Woods also has a stepson, Scotty Bertrand, and a daughter-in-law, Rachel Bertrand, both from Gueydan. Sheriff Woods and his family are members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arthur.
Christopher Ivey - Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey, began his 35-year law enforcement career with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1981 while attending McNeese State University, studying Criminal Justice. Graduating from the Calcasieu Regional Training Academy in Lake Charles, he first worked in Corrections and then moved up through Patrol, Detectives, and Vice divisions. Later, having attended the 66th session of the Louisiana State Police Academy in 1986, he worked patrol as a Louisiana State Trooper from 1986-1990 while assigned to Troop D. In 1990 Commander Ivey was reassigned to Region 2 Criminal Investigations Division until his retirement in June of 2012; during this time he attained the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and then Lieutenant in 2010.
During his assignment to the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division, Commander Ivey worked in the Narcotics, Gaming, and Detectives Units, and also received numerous trainings. Among the training he received were: LSP Basic SWAT Course, Investigative Research Techniques, Statement Analysis Investigative Training, Managing the Use of Force, Field Tactical Police Operations, NUTI Supervision of Police Personnel, Command and Control Training, LSP Direct Leaders Course, Arrest and Search Warrant Affidavit Preparation, Drug Asset Forfeiture Post Certification, FBI Post Council Instructor Development Course, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Media Relations, Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training, and Intelligence Awareness For Law Enforcement Executives.
Soon after his retirement from the Louisiana State Police, Chief Deputy Ivey accepted the position of Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office on July 1, 2012. On July 1, 2016 he was promoted to Chief Deputy following Chief Deputy Broussard’s Retirement.