Longtime Lafayette, Louisiana City Marshal ‘Nickey’ Picard Has Died at the Age 92
An iconic Lafayette public figure is gone. Longtime Lafayette City Marshal Earl J. "Nickey" Picard passed away on Monday at the age of 92.
According to a statement from the Lafayette City Marshal's Office, Picard passed away peacefully at his residence.
It wasn't made public by his family as to exactly what it was, but Picard had an extended illness over the last several months. His son, Tim Picard, a local musician, helped organize a fundraiser just a few weeks ago at Cowboys Night Club in Lafayette to help defray some of his father's end-of-life care costs.
Picard served as marshal for 30 years, first being elected as the city's 10th marshal ever back in 1984.
He would go on to be re-elected for five six-year terms. Before that, Picard worked with the Louisiana State Police as a trooper. He joined that state agency back in 1953.
His tenure as Lafayette City Marshal ended when he lost the 2014 election. That's the year Kip Judice and Brian Pope made the runoff.
Pope would win but he was later removed from the position after being found guilty of malfeasance in office.
Picard and his wife, Cecille "Jeanette" Dupuis Picard were married an amazing 70 years until her passing on November 19, 2019.