Warden Paula Smith
Paula L. Smith was named Warden of Corrections in July of 2018. As a member of the Sheriff’s command staff, she is responsible for overseeing corrections operations at the downtown Correctional Center, the Direct Supervision/Reentry Unit, the Transitional Work Program, the Community Corrections Campus and the Youth Services Department.
Her enforcement career began at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office starting in Communications and then moved to Administration of Corrections. She has been with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years and her previous position was that as Corrections Budget Manager.
She serves as the co-coordinator of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Jail Training Committee as well as 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 areas in which she volunteers, provides her a unique opportunity to interact with groups of individuals area wide. During her career, she has received numerous awards as well as Deputy of the Year of 2017.
Warden Smith is married with two wonderful children who are already making their own positive contributions in our community.