Meet The Candidates: Clerk of Court

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, September 13, 2023

  • Felicia Feist

 

Date of Birth: January 24, 1970

Profession/ Current Employer/ Retired: Chief Deputy Clerk of Court St. John the Baptist/St. John the Baptist Parish Clerk of Court Office

Why did you choose to run for Clerk of Court?  I have a heart of service and the Clerk of Court is a public servant. I also have been employed by the office for 23 years and I have the knowledge and experience.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position? I currently serve as Chief Deputy Clerk of Court. Working and overseeing various departments for 23 years gives me the knowledge and experience to move forward on day one.

What would you like to see changed or improved within the Clerk of Court’s Office? More space to hold the original records in the vault.  More working space in the East Bank office to offer more services to the residents.  More user friendly.  Reduce the online fees to make them comparable to our neighboring parishes. Employees are trained in all aspects of their designated departments.

How do you plan to make a difference?  As clerk of court, I will bring…

Fairness

Experience

Leadership

Integrity

Commitment

Innovation

Accountability/Accuracy

With these characteristics, the residents of St. John the Baptist Parish will have a Clerk’s office that keeps complete and accurate records that are accessible while maintaining excellence in customer service.

 

 

  • Anita Haley

 

Date of Birth: September 16, 1974

Profession/ Current Employer/ Retired: Sheriff Deputy-St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office-Information & Technology/Body Worn Camera Division (leave of absence)

Why did you choose to run for Clerk of Court? As a former employee of both the Parish Government and the St. John Sheriff’s Office, I have seen firsthand the importance of continuous collaboration and communication with the Clerk of Court’s Office. I have worked to help resolve some of the problems that exist for the staff and mostly for the citizens of the Parish, when the Clerk’s office does not have up to date information in the system. With this experience and understanding, I decided to seek election as the next Clerk of Court.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position? My knowledge and experience of what it takes to create a solid partnership with the Parish President, Sheriff’s, District Attorney’s, and Assessor’s offices, is instrumental in creating efficient and effective government. In addition, my history of being a dedicated and competent employee, makes me the right person for this job. In order to be successful in any line of work, one must demonstrate dedication, accountability, and reliability when performing any job duties assigned to them. Fairness and trustworthiness are of the utmost importance when providing services to the public. I have demonstrated all of these valuable qualities throughout my career.

What would you like to see changed or improved within the Clerk of Court’s Office? Most importantly, I would like to see the implementation of modernized technology; our citizens deserve to be able to access, view, or retrieve information as needed electronically. Electronic access to records and online payments will allow for transparency, accountability, and accurate record keeping. Secondly, I would like to have a full-service office for the citizens on the East Bank of St. John; understanding that the main office will always be in the courthouse on the West Bank, the East Bank citizens deserve the option to go directly to the Parish Government building in LaPlace for any records needed.

How do you plan to make a difference? I plan to provide an atmosphere within the Clerk of Court’s office, where our citizens are treated with dignity, kindness, respect and excellent customer service when they need us. They deserve this. I also plan on implementing cross-training for all employees within the Clerk of Court’s office, that way our employees are accessible at all times regardless of any changes within the office. And creating a pleasant and respectful environment for the staff, that they may service our citizens with the best service available.

 

  • Kent St Amant

Date of Birth: 05/04/1964

Profession/ Current Employer/ Retired: Owner PPE Plus LLC- Disabled Veteran

Why did you choose to run for Clerk of Court? With the current clerk of court retiring, I decided to run to make a difference to bring the clerk’s office up to date with my business background.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position? I have a Military, Law Enforcement and business background. I also have over 20 years of business management experience having managed a 49 million dollar budget with 200 employees.

What would you like to see changed or improved within the Clerk of Court’s Office? To transition to fully automated, increase the staff of the east bank office, cross train employees, implement a website to prevent title theft www.sjppropwatch.com, and hold each employee accountable for their respective duties.

How do you plan to make a difference? With my leadership skills, create a positive work environment and lead by example.