Longtime Clerk of Court announces retirement via letter

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen


I have had the honor and privilege to serve as your Clerk of Court for the last 51 years.  I truly love being your Clerk of Court which makes it even more difficult to make this announcement.  Effective January 31, 2015, I will be retiring as Clerk.  My decision to retire is based solely on my recent health issues which prevent me from performing the duties required as Clerk of Court.  I want to thank you for the support, encouragement and confidence that you have placed in me over the years.  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. 

When I was elected in 1964, I had no idea that I would be in the same position 51 years later.  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.  I have 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. These offices currently utilize the most modern methods of record keeping and record preservation as required by law.

I am proud to have a professionally trained staff whose main focus is serving the public.  My Chief Deputy, Bridget Hanna will assume the duties of Clerk of Court upon my retirement in accordance with La. R.S. 18:602C(1)(b).   Bridget has been with my office for 31 years and her work as Chief Deputy has been outstanding.  Her experience in the Clerk’s Office is unmatched and she has the expertise to lead this office going forward.  I retire confident knowing the Clerk’s Office will be in excellent hands under her leadership. 

Again, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Ascension Parish for allowing me to serve as your Clerk of Court for the last 51 years.  


Kermit “Hart” Bourque