LEONARD WAYNE PREJEAN was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from Lafayette Senior High in 1960 and went on to attend both USL and LSU to obtain a degree in Fire Science. Wayne served in the United States Navy Reserve and received an honorable discharge after eight years of service. He began his career with the Lafayette Fire Department in 1962 as a firefighter and worked his way through the ranks to become Fire Chief until his departure in 1982. He then served as President of Land & Marine Fire Equipment, Inc. and as an advisor to the U.S. Safety Corp.
Wayne married Lynn Broussard in November of 2014 after his wife of 48 years, Judy Langlinais, passed away in 2010. His daughter, Shawnee, is a teacher at St. Ignatius, and son, Dwayne, is a Captain in the Lafayette Police Department.
Scoutmaster for 52 years, member of the Beaver’s Club for 51 years, past chairman of the American Red Cross are just a few of the many organizations Wayne has been a part of, and he is the recipient of a host of honors and awards for his service to the Lafayette community. He is also very involved with Northwood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men’s Ministry.
Wayne began serving on the Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board in August of 2016.