2005 Alumnus Joseph Lopinto will serve as interim sheriff of Jefferson Parish following the retirement of Sherriff Newell Normand, set for August 31. Normand is stepping down to take over the WWL Radio time slot once hosted by Garland Robinette.
Lopinto served as a JPSO patrolman and detective while attending the College of Law. He entered private practice after graduating and was later elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. Lopinto represented the Metairie area and served as chairman of the Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.
Lopinto resigned from elected office last year to return to the JPSO as the department’s in-house counsel. He was recently promoted to his current post of chief deputy. The Times-Picayune featured a detailed write-up on Lopinto's career.
A special election for a permanent sheriff will be held early in 2018. Lopinto plans to run for a full term, and has received Normand’s endorsement.