Hart Bourque retires after 51 years as Clerk of Court


After 51 years of service, Kermit “Hart” Bourque announced Monday his retirement that took effect on Jan. 31. Bourque said in a letter his decision to retire is based solely on “my recent health issues which prevent me from performing the duties required as Clerk of Court.”

“When I was elected in 1964, I had no idea that I would be in the same position 51 years later,” Bourque wrote in the letter. “My highest priority has always been to serve you, the citizens of Ascension Parish with the quality of service you deserve and have come to expect from my office.”

Bourque continued to write in the letter that he always tried to budget and spend public funds wisely.

“Since elected, I was able to authorize the building and funding of seven additions and expansions to keep up with the growth in the parish,” Bourque said. “These offices currently utilize the most modern methods of record keeping and record preservation as required by law.”

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Bourque meant a lot to the community and “I’m sorry to see he is retiring, but I understand that after more than 50 years, he deserves to retire.”

“He’s done an excellent job and he was the best clerk I’ve ever served with,” President Martinez said with a smile. “Hart was one of the most efficient and honest clerks among his peers and he set the standard with the use of technology that other clerks have followed statewide.”

Bourque’s Chief Deputy, Bridget Hanna will assume the duties of Clerk of Court upon his retirement in accordance with La. R.S. 18:602C(1)(b).

Hanna has been with Bourque’s office for 31 years and her work as Chief Deputy has been outstanding, Bourque said. 

“Her experience in the Clerk’s Office is unmatched and she has the expertise to lead this office going forward,” Bourque said. “I retire confident knowing the Clerk’s Office will be in excellent hands under her leadership.”

Bourque added: “A special thank you to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Rep. Johnny Berthelot, Vincent Sotile, Sr., and the late Hickley Waguespack, Sr. for their guidance and friendship along the way.”