Jack Strain's accomplishments in as little as eight years
are innumerable. And he has just as many goals for the next
four years. He will continue the crackdown on illegal drugs,
particularly meth labs. He will continue to make the Sheriff's
Office more involved in our communities. He will increase
drug and crime prevention through education and enforcement
programs. He will get the job done.
- Marsha Bayer and Pat Doherty, Business Owners, Slidell
Strain, Jr., was born Nov. 28, 1962, in Abita Springs, La. He graduated
from Covington High School in 1980 and became a police officer in
1981, working for the Abita Springs and Covington Police Departments.
In 1986, he became the youngest elected law enforcement executive
in Louisiana when voters chose him as Abita Springs Police Chief.
He was re-elected in 1990 and 1994, and announced his candidacy
for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff in the late spring of 1995.
October 1995, Strain led a field of 10 candidates vying to replace
retiring Sheriff Patrick J. Canulette, leading to a runoff victory
in November of that year. He took office July 1, 1996. In September
1999, Strain was re-elected as sheriff with no opposition, the first
time in 40 years a sitting sheriff was unopposed. He began his second
term on July 1, 2000. He now seeks a third term in the October 4th,
his eight years as sheriff, Strain has overseen the expansion of
the Parish Jail from 340 to more than 1,000 beds; an increase in
deputy workforce from 300 to more than 600; the acquisition of more
than $16 million in state and federal grants; and an agency-wide
computerization effort that has become a model for law enforcement
throughout Louisiana and the nation.
Strain is married to the former Lisa Palmer, a registered nurse,
and is the father of Rhett, 15, and Rachel, 8. The Strains still
make their home in Abita Springs, and the sheriff is an active member
of St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church.