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About Us

Ward 3 is located in Calcasieu Parish and covers the greater Lake Charles area; south of Moss Bluff starting at the river and spanning to the Calcasieu/Cameron Parish line, bordered on the east by Highway 397/Ward Line Road and on the west by the lakes and river.

We serve a population of over 97,000 with our utmost integrity and dedication. Upholding the judicial system and protecting the law, the court, and most importantly, the people, are our ultimate goals.

Duties of the Marshal’s Office Include:

  • Provide security for Lake Charles City Court
  • Execute arrest warrants issued by the court
  • Serve orders issued by the court, such as garnishments, repossessions and evictions
  • Provide prisoner transport
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies when called upon
  • Security for community events such as parades, races and festivals
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  • Enforce all state, parish and city laws



Ward 3 City Marshal - Vic Salvador

Raised in Lake Charles, Salvador is a graduate of Barbe High School and McNeese State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He has completed numerous law enforcement training programs, including the FBI National Academy, Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Command College.

Salvador has dedicated more than 30 years to law enforcement. In that time, he held various leadership positions in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, including Chief Civil Deputy; Commander of Corrections; Captain of the Investigation Division, Crime Scene, Records and Narcotics; Violent Crime Task Force; Patrol Deputy and Detective; and Corrections Officer. He also served as Deputy Marshal for the Ward 3 City Marshal’s Office. Before being elected Marshal, Salvador was part of the Command Staff for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso for 14 years.

Salvador is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Louisiana Sheriff’s Association (LSA), National Constables and Marshals Association (NCMA) and the Louisiana City Marshal and City Constable Association (LCMCCA). He is active in numerous community organizations, including the McNeese Alumni Association, McNeese Petrochem Athletics Association, McNeese Quarterback Club, Kiwanis Club and Trinity Baptist Church. Salvador has served on the LSA Warden’s Conference Training Committee and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Family & Youth and for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of SWLA.

Ward 3 Chief Deputy Marshal - Ernest "Trae" Mitchel

Mitchel’s career of service started after high school when he entered the United States Army. He excelled through the enlisted ranks of the military and concluded his 30-year career as a Sergeant Major in 2011.

While serving in the military, he worked full-time for the Department of Defense for 25 years, holding a dual status role. After leaving the military, he worked for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office for six years before joining the Marshal’s Office as Chief Deputy Marshal for Ward 3 in 2018. Mitchel’s passion and accomplishments include founder of The Combre Veterans Memorial Park in 2010 that honors veterans each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In 2011, the Veterans Memorial Park added a Veterans Monumental Wall which honors all soldiers, and a sponsor monument of local businesses and a host of veterans. In 2018, an addition was made to Veterans Park that included The Kevin Yokum 911 Monument, and in 2019, the POW/MIA Monument was added.

Mitchel is the Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7321 in Moss Bluff and is an active member of American Legion Post 551 in Lake Charles. He is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and local food banks.

The Marshal’s staff includes nine full-time deputies and two administrative support staff.