Italian American Digest DIGEST Winter 2017 Final - Page 18

I talian A merican D igest PAGE 18 WINTER 2017 Congratulations to Court Constable Allen Leone, Jr. A by Vince Liberto llen Leone Jr., our new 5th Justice Court Constable, at- tributes his success to his strong family tradition, along with the robust Italian work ethic that was all-pervasive throughout his life. But like so many of us, he feels a sense of deep-seeded gratitude that goes all the way back to when his great-great grandfather arrived in New Orleans from Sicily. His was a name readily recognizable in New Orleans insurance circles: Angelo Leone. Angelo had a son, Salvador, who stayed true to the Sicilian tradi- tion and named his first-born son Angelo, after the baby’s grandfa- ther. Angelo set up a State Farm insurance agency in the block or so over from St. Anthony of Padua on Canal Blvd. The values of hard work, family, and staying close to the Church have been a Leone mainstay since the beginning. Constable Allen began his edu- cation at St. Clement of Rome in Metairie, later moving on to high school at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, where he was an All-State star in track and cross country. In fact, he still holds records in the half-mile run. Allen went on to the Jesuit-run Spring Hill College in Mobile, where he earned two degrees. Joining the family real estate business was the next logical step. In that capacity he served in real estate management while finding time to help the Republican state central committee and the Jefferson Parish Republican Party. Allen is quick to point out that his real estate management back- Allen Leone, Jr.’s great-great grandfa- ther arrived in New Orleans from Sicily. ground has served him well and made him uniquely qualified for a political career. “In my job I have had to serve as a mediator between tenants and landlords,” he said. Anyone would agree that such mediations can be a challenge to manage, and yet this job proved an excellent training ground that posi- tions him well for a future to lead the community in his current posi- tion. Through it all, he has done a lot and has come to love people and get involved in the community he loves. When not working and lead- ing, he stays grounded at home, in a growing family with whom he shares life: wife Lindsey, 7-year- old Ava, 3-year-old Antonia, and 2-year-old Allen III. He is looking forward to using all the tools he has accumulated up to this point to work hard and serve the people of Jefferson Parish. The future looks bright for Leone, for Jefferson Par- ish, and for the Italian community. Want to advertise with us? Call the American Italian Cultural Center at (504) 522-7294 or email Megan at