Major M.W. “Mike” Broussard has announced his intention to retire after 34 years of service to the Orange Police Department and to the citizens of Orange.

Broussard began on Oct. 4, 1976, as a patrol officer. Prior to that he had worked for over two years for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.

Through the course of his career has worked in all divisions within the police department. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant Oct. 1, 1991, to captain on April 12, 1995, and to major Feb. 8, 2002.

During his tenure as major he has overseen the Operations Division (Patrol and Investigations) as well as the Support Services Division (Identification, Evidence, Records and Communications).

According to Chief Sam Kittrell, “Broussard has been instrumental in maintaining the various operational systems within the department such as computers, radios, phones, and the technical and security related issues of the police station itself. His expertise, leadership, and wisdom will be greatly missed.”

Broussard is married to Loretta Suire Broussard and they have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

“We will miss him greatly but we wish him a very happy retirement,” Kittrell said.