Joseph Clemmons

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Joseph Bryan Clemmons, Sr.

Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
In office
Succeeded by John Al Amiss

Born c. 1907
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Died July 5, 1976
Natchez, Mississippi
Resting place Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Catherine Clemmons
Children Joseph Clemmons, Jr.
Alma mater Tulane University

FBI National Academy

Joseph Bryan Clemmons, Sr. (c. 1907 – July 5, 1976), was a law enforcement officer who was the sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana for six terms from 1948 to 1972.

After graduation from Tulane University in New Orleans and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Clemmons attended other law enforcement training schools and in 1935 became a city police officer in his native capital city of Baton Rouge. Two years later he was named special investigator for the office of the district attorney. He was one of the first sheriffs in the United States to institute a junior deputy sheriffs league. He was instrumental in the creation of the Louisiana State University Law Enforcement Training Institute.[1] On vacating the sheriff's office, he was succeeded by his fellow Democrat, John Al Amiss (pronounced AIM ISS).[2]

Clemmons served as president of the Louisiana Peace Officers Association and was a member of the national and state sheriffs associations as well as the FBI National Academy Association.[1] He served on boards to aid the mentally and physically handicapped, including crippled children and adults. He was affiliated with the Masonic lodge, Shriners, Lions International, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Order of DeMolay.

Clemmons died while on a business trip in Natchez, Mississippi,[1] and was survived by his wife, Catherine Clemmons (1911-1993)[3] and one son, J. Bryan Clemmons, Jr. (born September 1935), of Chauvin in Terrebonne Parish.[4] Clemmons and his wife are interred at Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Clemmons, Joseph Bryan. Louisiana Historical Association (1988). Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  2. John Al Amiss. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  3. Catherine Clemmons. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  4. Joseph Clemmons, September 1935. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  5. Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, July 6, 1976.