William Sommers, Director

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William Sommers


Born in Arlington, VA and raised in Centreville, VA, William Sommers moved to Moss Bluff in the fall of 1981. Married to Belinda Milford since 1983, the couple has three children - Savannah (Justin) Foreman; Billy, Jr. (Madison) and Sarah. They have three grandchildren, Parker Ray Foreman, Charlotte and Billy III.


  •  High School: Graduated from Chantilly High School in 1981
  • College: Graduated from McNeese State University in December, 1984 with a BS in Criminal Justice                                                                                                                                                                                          

    ACTIVITIES AND HONORS                                             

  • Chairman of the Calcasieu Parish Children and Youth Planning Board
  • Board of Directors for the Louisiana Drug and Specialty Courts
  • Board of Directors for the American Probation Parole Association (District 7)
  • Board of Directors for ImCal Human Services
  • Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana
  • Certified Juvenile Court Administrator through the National Juvenile and Family Court Judge’s Association
  • Member of the National Association of Probation Executives
  • Notary Public for Calcasieu Parish
  • Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Gillis
  • Received Don E. Wydra Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice (May 2015) from Governor's Advisory Board


  • Police officer with the Lake Charles Police Department (1984-1987)
  • Began employment as a Juvenile Probation Officer in March of 1987
  • Promoted to Senior Juvenile Probation Officer in August of 1994
  • Served as Director of Probation/Intake Department 1996 – 2011
  • Served as Assistant Director of OJJS 2011 – 2014
  • Has been serving as Director of OJJS since March of 2014