West Baton Rouge Parish: Manola wins Parish President’s race, Bergeron & Fontenot head to run-off for Sheriff

PORT ALLEN – After working as the parish’s chief of administration since 2007, Jason Manola will now be in charge of the parish.

Manola edged Grover Harrison III Saturday night to become the next West Baton Rouge Parish President. He earned 61 percent of the vote.

Manola was on the WBR school board from 2002-2022, where he served as board president for 17 years. Manola is also the former CFO for Ports of America Gulf Region.



Jeff Bergeron and Leo Fontenot are headed to a run-off next month. Bergeron earned 44 percent of the vote Saturday, compared to Fontenot’s 30 percent.

Zack Simmers earned 26 percent. The unofficial turnout was 56.2 percent, according to the secretary of state’s website.

Bergeron has been deputy director of investigations with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office since 1992 where he oversees criminal investigations within the Cyber Crime Unit, Trial Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Fugitive Apprehension Unit. He is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and is POST-certified firearms instructor and POST training coordinator with the AG’s office.

Fontenot has been with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for the past 30 years. He worked his way up from a jailer to chief administrative officer, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the administrative office, courts, and security. In 2000, he became the first African-American motorcycle officer in WBR.

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