Judge Sharon Darville Wilson was a local attorney, who practiced law for twenty-two years. On April 5, 2014, Judge Sharon Darville Wilson was elected as District Judge in Division F. Judge Wilson is the first African-American woman to be elected as District Judge in Calcasieu Parish. She is a 1988 graduate of Louisiana State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Philosophy. In 1991, she received a Juris Doctorate from the Paul Hebert Law center at LSU. She accepted the position of Assistant District Attorney in Calcasieu Parish in 1992. She left the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office in 1999 to accept the position of chief felony prosecutor with the Allen Parish District Attorney’s Office. While in the Allen Parish District Attorney’s Office, one of her cases received national media coverage and she was featured on the A&E cable network show “Parole Board.” In 2002, she returned to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, where she served until 2009. In 2009, she opened her own law firm, Sharon Darville Wilson, A Professional Law Corporation. She holds membership in the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association. She is a member of the Hamilton Christian Academy School Board, where she also served as past President and a former member of the Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board. She is also a member of the Lake Charles Branch of the National Association of University Women and a member of the Lake Charles Chapter of the TOP Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Sharon Wilson is married to Kerrel Wilson and they have two children; Kerry Joseph and Maya Elizabeth.
Rodney Geyen is the third son of the late Adam and Mildred Geyen. He attended Second Ward Colored Elementary School, W. O. Boston High School, and Grambling State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. He also attended McNeese State University earning a Masters plus 30 in Administration and Supervision.
Geyen served in the field of education for 41 years. He taught Civics and Science at W.O. Boston for two years, taught Physical Education and coached for three years at Reynaud Middle School, coached and taught Physical Education at Pearl Watson Junior High School for 13 years and at Lake Charles Boston for three years. He served as Assistant Principal at Reynaud Middle School for three years, served as Principal at T.H. Watson for 15 years. He also served as Assistant Principal for four years and Principal for one year at Lake Charles Boston High School.
He was first elected to the Lake Charles City Council in 1997 and was elected to serve as Vice President of the Council in 1998, President in 1999, Vice President in 2009, President in 2010 and Vice President in 2015. Geyen served as Mayor for 4 ½ months becoming the first African American to serve as Mayor and the 27th Mayor of the City of Lake Charles. He was again elected in 2013 and continues to serve on the City Council.
He is the proud Pastor of Williams Chapel C.M.E. Church in Moss bluff and Lambert Chapel in Lacassine, Louisiana.
Geyen is a member of the National Education Association, Louisiana Association of Educators, Calcasieu Education Association, Louisiana Municipal Association, NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Geyen is a committed servant to the people of District C and the City of Lake Charles. He was responsible for securing over 22 million dollars plus for the reconstruction of approximately 33 streets, sidewalks and drainages. He was responsible for the construction of the new Columbus Circle Community Recreation Center and the new General Moore playground. He was instrumental in renovating the Purple Heart Recreation Center which is now equipped with new exercise equipment. He was also responsible for the new playground equipment at Greinwich Terrace and Hillcrest Recreation Centers. He was instrumental in the construction of the newly built multi sports complex and is involved with plans for an aquatic facility to be built in the future. He installed lighting throughout the district to help deter crime and participated in various Safe Community programs.
He was responsible for initiating the new bus stop shelters throughout the city; repairing the sewer and drainage systems in the Oak Park, Greinwich Terrace and Greinwich Village areas. He also initiated the newly constructed connector road connecting Highway 14 to 5th Avenue to eliminate traffic congestion. He supported and recommended the construction of the new Epps Library that will benefit many school children in the north section of Lake Charles. He was also instrumental in the removal of the median to make Highway 14 five lanes from I-210 to Highway 90 in order to improve traffic congestion.
Geyen was the recipient of the NAACP Trailblazer Award, listed as Who’s Who in the Grambling State University Alumni News Magazine and selected Principal of the Year in 1999, and was the winner of the district and regional levels and a state finalist.
He recommended and promoted a one million dollar commitment towards Vocational Education assistance that was passed in the 90 million dollar bond issue to help provide additional facilities that will expand the Vocational Education curriculum. It will also provide additional job training that will have a positive impact upon the Workforce Development Program which will help the city and parish economically.
He is married to the former Margaret Marie Guillory and they are the proud parents of four children, Dana, Gerard, Teri and Kelly and have six grandchildren.
Luvertha August, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is a graduate of W. O. Boston High School and received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in education from McNeese State University.
Luvertha is a retired educator having begun her teaching career at St. Katherine Drexel Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School and finishing it in the Calcasieu Parish School System.
Upon the death of her husband, Allen P. August, Sr., she entered into politics by first being appointed to fill his unexpired term on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury until a special election could be called. She ran and won the special election and then later ran and won to serve a full four year term. She served on the Police Jury from 1998 - 2004.
From 1999-2004, Luvertha served as president of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services Board. During her tenure as president, many projects were introduced by the Board and adopted by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, some of which included: the Food for Seniors Program; the North Lake Charles Contract Postal Office; the parish-wide transportation system and the expansion to the Calcasieu Parish Office of Community Services building for Senior Citizens.
Luvertha represented the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission and served as its treasurer in 2003. She was also on the TRIAD/SALT Council which dealt with senior citizen affairs.
After leaving office as a Police Juror, Luvertha became active in the Project-Build-A-Future program which builds new homes for low income first-time home buyers and presently serves as its vice-president. She serves on the Mayor's Human Relations Commission which acts as a liaison between citizens and the city police department. She is a member of the Lake Charles Serra Club, an organization which promotes and supports those entering religious vocations in the Catholic Church and is one of only two African-Americans to serve as president during its long history in Lake Charles.
In 2008, politics, again, beckoned to Luvertha when she was appointed to fill the unexpired term of now State Representative A. B. Franklin. In 2009 she was elected to serve a full term as the Lake Charles City Council Member for District B and was elected by the Council to serve as Vice-President for the year 2012-2013 and its first African-American Female President 2013-2014.
Until the program was discontinued, in memory of her husband, each year Luvertha presented a scholarship to a graduate in the Calcasieu Parish Adult Education System to help in pursuing further education.
During her tenure as representative for District B, the district has seen road and drainage improvements with more to come. Government housing has improved 100% and recreational facilities are being expanded or in the process to be guilt. On what was once considered contaminated land now sits a multimillion dollar warehouse complex.
In one area of her district, crime was so rampant that law enforcement officials made more responses to it than any other area of the City. Getting the cooperation of the citizens to put their fears aside by trusting in and working with law enforcement, Luvertha considers one of her better accomplishments as the area now has the least calls in the City for police response.
In 2012, Luvertha was recognized by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. with its “Community Services Award” and by the Black Caucus Police Jury of Louisiana with a “Distinguished Service Award.” While she is very grateful for the recognition, Luvertha says improving the quality of life and helping citizens enjoy their environment in peace and safety is a responsibility she takes seriously.
Luvertha says “I never imagined my life’s journey would give me the adventures I have had. It is as if God, Himself, has held my hand and led me down the paths I have been compelled to follow as I feel his constant and loving protection.”
Luvertha is the proud mother of two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Chief Guillory is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2003, Guillory was appointed by Gov. Mike Foster to serve on the Law Enforcement Executive Management Board. This board was tasked with writing the curriculum for certification program for newly elected or appointed Chiefs of Police for the entire State of Louisiana
Chief Guillory is a certified Firearms Instructor and also a certified DARE Instructor. He was elected DARE Officer for the State of Louisiana in 1998 and is currently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Louisiana D.A.R.E Advisory Board. Chief Guillory is also an instructor at The Calcasieu Regional Police Academy where he teaches Minority Relations. Also he serves as Chairman of the Victim Services Advisory Board.
Lydia Guillory-Lee is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is the daughter of the late Joseph Bruce Guillory and Marie Armelda Jean and has two daughters of her own, Alexandra and Sydney Lee.
She attended Second Ward Elementary School, Reynard Junior High and graduated from Lake Charles High School in 1974.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from McNeese State University in 1978 where she was awarded a four ( 4) year scholarship from the Louisiana State Board of Education and a ( 4) year scholarship from Gulf States Utilities Company.
She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1982. She was awarded the Chancellor's Summer Scholarship in 1981. She served as Chair-Person for the Student Bar Association Ethics Committee and was an active member of the Black American Law School Association. She is the first African American Female in the history of Calcasieu Parish to serve as an Assistant District Attorney. - -1983 through 1989.
She served under Mayor's Edward Watson and James E. Sudduth as the first African American and the first female City Attorney for the City of Lake Charles.
She worked as an associate with the law firm of Jones, Tete, Nolan, Hanchey, Swift and Spears from 1992 through 1996.
She is currently engaged in the practice of law at 330 Alamo Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana and serves the City of Lake Charles as its first African American Female City Prosecutor.