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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

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Jefferson Parish is one of 64 parishes in Louisiana. A parish, in Louisiana, is the equivalent of a county in other states. The seat of parish government is Gretna. According to the 2000 census, Jefferson had a population of 455,466. The Greater New Orleans area, which includes both Jefferson and Orleans parishes, is the largest metropolitan area in the state.

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The good

  • A complete list of members, complete with contact information, for the Parish Council is available.[1][2]
  • Administrative staff are listed, including contact information for most.[3]
  • Budget information is available.[4]
  • A complete list of meetings for the year is available, along with the most recent agenda.[5]
  • Zoning and building information is online, including contact information.[6]
  • There is a site for contract bids.[7]

The bad

  • No annual parish audits are available online.[8]
  • No information is provided about how parish residents can request access to public documents of the parish under Louisiana's sunshine laws.

Public records

As of 2009, Louis Gruntz was the public records custodian for Jefferson Parish. According to Gruntz, the parish averaged "hundreds" of record requests a week.

The parish attorney's office issued an order in March 2009 that required all people who request public information to fill out a new form and provide official photo identification to verify that they are at least 18 years old.

However, it was not clear why the parish was requiring those who want copies of public records to verify that they are at least 18, since the state legislature amended the state’s public records law in 2004 to allow minors to receive copies of public records.[9]

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