Col. Joseph “Joey” Broussard, the chief of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division since 2014, will retire effective Sept. 30.

According to a news release Monday, his replacement will be announced by the department soon.

“We certainly wish Col. Broussard the best on his retirement and really appreciate everything he has done for the department’s enforcement division,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “His leadership during our recent search and rescue operations in Texas and Southwest Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey was textbook perfect and a shining example of what he has meant to this department.”

Broussard started his LDWF career in 1990 as a cadet in the second class that graduated from the LDWF Training Academy.  He worked as a field officer until 1996, attaining the rank of sergeant in 1994.

Broussard was transferred to LDWF Enforcement headquarters in Baton Rouge in 1996 and put in charge of training, quartermaster and the freshwater mussel program while earning the rank of lieutenant.

In 2000, Broussard was promoted to captain and given additional duties over special operations.  A few years later he was promoted to major and put in charge of the coastal enforcement regions.  Broussard was then promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2011, and oversaw patrol aspects of agents in the field.

When Col. Jeff Mayne retired in May of 2014, Broussard was promoted to chief of the law enforcement division.

“I’m very happy to have served with a lot of great agents throughout my career, and am proud of the job I’ve done to serve the people in this state,” Broussard said.  “It has been a great career that I will always cherish, but now it is time to move on to the next phase of my life.”