Paula L. Smith has served as Warden and Major of Corrections for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office since July, 2018. As a member of the Sheriff’s Command Staff, she oversees corrections operations at the downtown Lafayette Parish Correctional Center as well as at the Direct Supervision Unit, Community Corrections Campus, and the Visitation Center.
Her enforcement career at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office started in Communications before later moving into Corrections Administration where she served as Corrections Budget Manager. Major Smith has been with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for more than 30 years.
She is the co-coordinator of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Jail Training Committee and serves on the Prisoner’s Reentry Committee along with several other state and local professionals. Her lifelong networking with agencies and associations as well as her many volunteer endeavors afford her a unique opportunity to interact with various groups and individuals area-wide. During her career, she has received numerous awards including Deputy of the Year of 2017.
Major Smith is married with two wonderful children who are already making their own positive contributions to our community.