Julian Whittington

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Julian Curtis Whittington


Sheriff of Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Incumbent
Assumed office 
July 1, 2012
Preceded by Larry Callaway Deen

Born January 20, 1959
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa McCall Whittington
Children Anna Whittington Bufkin
Residence Benton, Bossier Parish
Alma mater FBI Academy
Occupation Law-enforcement officer
Religion Southern Baptist

Julian Curtis Whittington (born January 20, 1959)[1] has been since 2012 the Republican sheriff of Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana. Prior to becoming sheriff, Whittington had been the chief criminal deputy under his predecessor, Larry Callaway Deen (born 1948). He is unopposed for a third term as sheriff in the nonpartisan blanket primary on October 12, 2019.

Whittington is the older of two sons of Don Martin Whittington (1935-2017) and the former Lydia Ann Merritt (1939-2009). He is married to the former Melissa McCall. His younger brother is Justin Martin Whittington of Bossier City, who is married to the former Tanya Jenkins. Don Whittington was a banker and a long-term town council member and police juror in his native parish seat of Benton.[2]

Sheriff Whittington's great-uncle, Volney Voss "V.V." Whittington, was also a banker and a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1928 to 1932 during the administration of Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr.[3] 

In the 2011 nonpartisan blanket primary, Whittington was elected to succeed the retiring Sheriff Deen. He polled 14,169 votes (68 percent). Whittingon's closest rival, Mike McConnell, another former deputy sheriff under Deen and also a Republican, received 4,156 (20 percent), and John H. Matlock, Sr., the lone Democrat in the race, polled 2,486 (12 percent).[4] Prior to the primary, Deen had endorsed Whittington over McConnell.[5] Deen later changed his voter registration to Republican; so did another previous sheriff, Vol Sevier Dooley, Jr. (1927-2014).

A graduate of the FBI Academy,[6] Whittington is the sheriff of the fastest-growing parish north of Interstate 10. To maximize resources, and avoid duplication of services, Whittington was instrumental in joining with other law enforcement agencies to create task forces on (1) Combined Narcotics and (2) Financial Crimes. The offices uses the acronym CPR for its motto, meaning "Courteous," "Professional," and "Responsive."[7]   In November 2016, former Sheriff Deen was issued a summons for simple battery after a dispute erupted at a tire store in the parish seat of Benton with Don Whittington, the father of Sheriff Whittington, who died of a brief illness three months after the altercation.[8] The argument between the two men allegedly surfaced in regard to Julian Whittington's involvement in a since dismissed federal corruption case which closed after a major witness died under unexplained circumstances. Deen was accused of having approached the senior Whittington from the rear and grabbing him.[9] it is unclear why Deen and Whittington became such adversaries.

In 2017, Sheriff Whittington spoke against protests of the national anthem in the National Football League and in various other sporting events. Whittington said that his office will no longer purchase Ford Motor Company vehicles after the automaker expressed support for NFL players' right to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem. Whittington noted that his office had purchased twenty-nine vehicles worth more than $700,000 in 2016 and 2017 from Hixson Autoplex in Alexandria, Louisiana.[10] However, Hixson owner Dallas Hixson is a conservative and did not endorse Ford Motor Company's embrace of the protestors.

Whittington also has endorsed voluntary school prayer for student organizations in the Bossier Parish school system. In a press statement, he said:

Whenever we see our nation’s flag proudly waving while we are at a parade, driving down the street, or at a neighbor’s house, we recognize it as a symbol of freedom.  We are blessed to live in a free country because of men and women who fought and died for the liberties we enjoy so that we can live in peace. Prayer, Old Glory and our National Anthem are sacred things.[11]

Whittington faced opposition from fellow Republican Chris Green in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 14, 2023.

References

  1. Julian Whittington Zip 17006; month of birth: January 1959. Voterportal.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  2. Don Martin Whittington. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  3. Volney Voss Whittington. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  4. Election Returns (October 22, 2011). Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  5. Carolyn Roy (October 22, 2011). Whittington easily wins Bossier Sheriff's race. KSLA-TV (CBS in Shreveport). Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  6. Julius C. Whittington in Benton, Louisiana. Intelius.com. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  7. Bossier Sheriff: Home. Bossiersheriff.com. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  8. Don Whittington obituary. The Shreveport Times (February 26, 2017). Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  9. Matt Parker. Former Bossier Parish Sheriff Facing Criminal Charges. KEEL Radio. Retrieved on November 4, 2016.
  10. Sarah Crawford (October 12, 2017). Bossier sheriff to boycott NFL sponsor Ford due to anthem protests. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on November 7, 2017.
  11. Bossier sheriff joins those decrying anthem protests. The Shreveport Times (September 28, 2017). Retrieved on November 7, 2017.