Please join the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office in congratulating our boss and your Sheriff as he celebrates 39 years in law enforcement.

Today, Aug. 1, Sheriff James Pohlmann, affectionately known by many as either “Jimmy” or “Jimbo,” celebrates nearly four decades of service, having honorably served his entire career in St. Bernard Parish.

In August, 1983, as a young teenager, fresh out of high school, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and take a job as a police officer. At the time, he had no idea just how much that decision would impact the course of his life.

During his career, Sheriff Pohlmann worked hard and earned his way up through the ranks from a deputy in the Corrections Division to the department’s top job.

He also has served in virtually all other divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, including Communications, Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations and SWAT. In addition, he has also held various command posts in the department, including SWAT Commanding Officer and Chief of Field Operations.

After serving as chief deputy for former St. Bernard Sheriff Jack A. Stephens for nearly four years, overseeing all law enforcement operations, he was first elected Sheriff in November 2011.

Sheriff Pohlmann was re-elected without opposition in 2015 and in 2019, and began serving his third four-year term as Sheriff on July 1, 2020.

When asked what he would say if he could offer any advice to his young 18-year-old self when he first started, the Sheriff said, “I would tell him not to change a thing. I’ve been very blessed throughout my career.”

And we’ve been and continue to be very blessed to have you as well, Sheriff. SBSO PROUD!