Department Commanders


Sharon Cutrera

Chief Financial Officer  |  Email


Cutrera began her career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in July 1985, where she worked as a secretary to the Chief Financial Officer. In 1986, she was transferred to the accounting division of the tax collector's office where she was promoted to supervisor of that division.

 

In 1998, she was promoted to Employee Benefit Coordinator and held that position until July 2004, when she became the Chief Financial Officer and Commander of the following divisions - Accounting, Human Resources, Insurance, Risk Management, Crash Reconstruction, Tax, Purchasing, CIS, and Fleet.

 

Sharon is a graduate of McNeese State University, with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been involved in the United Way as a member of the Allocation and Review Committee.  She is actively involved in Educational Treatment Council as a board member currently serving as the Chairman. Sharon is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Pension and Relief Fund.


Matt Vezinot

Special Services Commander  |  Email


Vezinot was the supervisor of the Crime Scene/Photographic Services Division at Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. He has been employed at CPSO since 1992. He served as an assistant team leader/team commander of the CPSO Special Operations Group (SWAT), as well as, a fingerprint instructor at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy.

 

Vezinot served in the U.S. Army and was activated during Desert Storm. He is a member of several civic organizations and has attended numerous specialized law enforcement training schools with focus on crime scene management, forensics, and tactical operations. He is a graduate of the 228th Session FBI National Academy.


James McGee

Enforcement Commander  |  Email


McGee was employed as a Patrol Shift Lieutenant and Commander of the Special Operations Group at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. He has been employed at CPSO for 15 years, working in many areas of the department, and has a strong background in patrol and special operations.


He has attended several law enforcement training courses with an emphasis on police supervision, special operations training, and defensive tactics instruction.  He is a graduate of the 236th Session FBI National Academy.


Craig Bean

Support Services Commander  |  Email 


Bean has had a career in law enforcement for over 25 years. He started his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1991.

 

Bean has worked in several departments including Corrections and Enforcement. During his career Bean also served as Lieutenant over the CPSO ACT-T Team (Anti-Crime, Tactical & Training Unit) for several years. Prior to being promoted to Commander, Bean most recently served as Captain over Enforcement and then was transferred to Captain over Support Services.

 

Throughout his law enforcement career, he has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars. He is a graduate of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy with numerous hours of post certification training.


Daniel Burkhalter, Jr.

Calcasieu Sheriff's Correctional Center Warden  |  Email 


Burkhalter worked at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's as a burglary and theft detective. He has worked at CPSO since 1991 with 10 years of corrections experience.

 

He is a graduate of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy with numerous hours of post certification training. Burkhalter holds a degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University.


Eric Authement, Jr.

Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison Warden  |  Email 


Authement started his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1989 under Sheriff Wayne McElveen as a patrol officer. In 1997, he moved to the Ward 3 Marshal's Office under then-Marshal Tony Mancuso and became a supervisor of the city jail and the warrants division, and served as a member of the Calcasieu Parish Violent Crimes Task Force. From July - November 2004, Authement served as interim Ward 3-City Marshal when Mancuso was elected sheriff. He moved back to the Sheriff's Office to become Commander of Law Enforcement Centers and Misdemeanor Investigations in December 2004.


Authement also served in the U. S. Navy during the Viet Nam era. During his law enforcement career, Authement graduated from the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy and served as president of the graduating class. He has attended several law enforcement training courses with an emphasis on supervision and leadership. He also belongs to several local civic organizations.


Gene Pittman 

Investigations Commander   |  Email 


Pittman has had a career in law enforcement for over 20 years. He started his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1994. 

 

Pittman has worked in numerous departments including Corrections, Enforcement, and Narcotics. Pittman also served as Assistant Director and Director of the CAT Task Force at separate times during his career. He most recently served as Captain over Special Services and was then transferred to Captain over Investigations. 

 

Throughout his law enforcement career, he has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars. He is a graduate of the 263rd Session FBI National Academy.


Doug Poole

Security Enforcement Commander  |  Email 


Poole has had a career in law enforcement for over 32 years.  He started his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1984.

 

Poole has worked in numerous departments including Enforcement, Investigations, Narcotics, and Corrections.  Poole also served as Captain over Patrol and Investigations at separate times during his career.

 

Throughout his law enforcement career, he has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars.He is a graduate of the 244th Session FBI National Academy.