Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court

Connie F. Desselle

Our Official Record Keeper and Chief Election Officer

Avoyelles Parish was created on March 31, 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes. The Parish was named for the Avoyel Native American People. The parish seat of Avoyelles is Marksville.

Cities and towns found in Avoyelles Parish are made up of Bordelonville, Bunkie, Center Point, Cottonport, Evergreen, Hessmer, Mansura, Marksville, Moreauville, Plaucheville,and Simmesport.

The Constitution provides that "in each parish a clerk of the district court shall be elected for a term of four years. He shall be an ex officio notary public and parish recorder of conveyances, mortgages, and other acts and shall have other duties and powers provided by law."

The Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court currently has a staff of 16 full time employees. The Clerk of Court in Louisiana fulfills a dual function. The Clerk of Court is the official record keeper of the parish as well as the Chief Election Officer of the Parish.

In its function as recorder, the office receives many types of instruments to be recorded in the Public Records of Avoyelles Parish as well as civil suits. These instruments are then routed and assigned for recordation in the appropriate record books maintained for the different categories to which they relate.

In addition to being the Chief Election Officer of the Parish, the Clerk of Court is also the Parish Custodian of Voting Machines, with the responsibility of delivering the voting machines to their precincts. Other duties require the Clerk of Court to notify all Commissioners and Deputy Parish Custodians of their duties and responsibilities on Election Day. After an election the Clerk is required by law to open each voting machine used in an election, record the number of votes, reseal the machines and report the totals to the Board of Election Supervisors and the Secretary of State Office.

No tax money is provided for the operation of the Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court Office. The fees collected for recordings, certified copies and services rendered in connection with civil and probate filings are established by statute. All salaries and expenses of the office are paid out of these fees. This makes the Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court entirely self-supporting.