Following the announcement of resignation by his deputy and viral superstar Captain Clay Higgins, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is speaking out on how he feels about the resignation of the “Cajun John Wayne”.
According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office website, Guidroz released the following press statement on February 29th, expressing how he felt about both the controversial “Gremlins” video scandal and Higgins’ resignation:
“My orders to Higgins were to ‘Tone down his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages,’ and had nothing to do with the Gremlins video or with ‘Bowing down to political correctness.’ I happen to agree with the overall message of the Gremlins video.
Secondly, I repeatedly told him to stop saying divisive, disrespectful, or demeaning things like, ‘You have no brain cells,’ ‘Knuckleheads’, or ‘Liars.’
Thirdly, Clay Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in full dress uniform, a direct violation of department policy, without my approval or authorization.
Furthermore, Higgins formed a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) to raise money by selling mugs, t-shirts and other trinkets using the department badge and uniform. Additionally, Higgins utilized the department’s physical address in registering his LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. All of which are against department policy.
As your Sheriff, it is my duty and responsibility that the message to the citizens of St. Landry Parish be professional, on point, and truthful. The department Public Information Officer (PIO) is a representative of the Sheriff, the deputies and the department as a whole. If Higgins cannot operate within the parameters of this office and abide by our policies and procedures, then he is correct in resigning his position.
As your sheriff, I can assure you that my staff and I will continue to provide the citizens of St. Landry Parish with the most professional law enforcement services and protection.”
According to KATC, Higgins says he “has options” and will remain a constable In addition, he also will be a spokeman for an ambulance company and has set up a non-profit organization to help the local homeless population.