Judice announces candidacy for Lafayette city marshal post

Kip Judice, a 29-year veteran with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, is announcing his candidacy to lead the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.

The election is scheduled for Nov. 4, with a runoff election, if needed, on Dec. 6.

“I left the Sheriff’s Office and my position as executive officer and chief of evidence, civil process and public information effective May 26 to concentrate full time on the campaign,” Judice said in a release.

“I am keenly aware of the pioneering work of those who have gone before me and intend to use my 29-plus years of law enforcement and managerial experience to build upon their work and advance the direction of this very important office,” Judice said.

He said he believes “every individual who comes in contact with the City Marshal’s Office deserves to be treated with dignity and respect” and that he looks forward to the campaign.

Judice said the City Marshal’s Office is a catalyst between the Police Department and Lafayette City Court — serving notices and summonses, and executing arrest warrants.

An additional objective, he said, is to maintain a well-trained and equipped staff and assist state, local and federal law enforcement agencies when called upon.

Judice said the city marshal should have experience in conducting various types of investigations, managing employees, preparing budgets and in the service of both civil and criminal subpoenas.

He said he believes his decades of experience with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, well-rounded managerial and investigative experience, and dedication to the law makes him uniquely qualified for the position.

Judice said he plans to discuss in detail during the campaign his plans to integrate and consolidate services and warrants with other agencies to increase efficiency.

Judice was the parish’s top patrol deputy in 2006 and served as patrol commander for seven years, preparing annual budgets and managing more than 160 employees. He served as commander of the Civil Department, managing 18 employees and overseeing the service of over 100,000 subpoenas and other court documents.

Judice was a member of the U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force for four years and worked on homicide investigations, sexual assault cases, narcotics cases and other crimes, and had an exceptionally high arrest rate. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from law enforcement and community organizations.

Judice and his wife, Susan Justin Judice, have been married for 22 years and are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Brandi.