St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish President Hotard, New Council Take Office

Parish President Hotard, New Council Take Office

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - Parish President Jaclyn Hotard and the 2020 Council were sworn into office on Monday, January 13, 2020. Inauguration Day included a mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgard prior to the swearing in ceremony and Council Meeting at the Courthouse.

Following the inaugural mass and swearing in ceremony, the Council elected officers for 2020 and confirmed the appointments of Hotard’s Administrative Team. 

Councilman Lennix Madere was chosen by the Council to serve as Council Chairman and Kurt Becnel as vice-chairman. Michael Wright will serve as Finance Chairman with Thomas Malik as vice-chairman.

“I want to thank Parish President Robottom and the outgoing Council Members for their service to the community,” said Hotard.  “Most importantly, thank you to the residents of St. John Parish who have put their faith and trust in me. There is an infinite amount of optimism as I move forward alongside the new Council Members and my Administrative team and I cannot help but feel the spirit of all those who supported me and worked alongside of me for this moment.”

A luncheon was held at REGALA Gym immediately following the Council Meeting. Numerous residents and business leaders attended in support. 

2020 Council Members:

Lennix “Tweet” Madere - Councilman at Large Division A

Michael P. Wright - Councilman at Large Division B

Kurt Becnel - Councilman District 1

Warren “Bosco” Torres Jr. - Councilman District 2

Tammy Houston - Councilwoman District 3

Tyra Duhe-Griffin - Councilwoman District 4

Robert J, Arcuri - Councilman District 5

Tonia Schnyder - Councilwoman District 6

Thomas Malik - Councilman District 7

Administrative Staff:

Director of Communications – Baileigh Rebowe Helm

Director of Human Resources – Stacey Cador

Director of Planning & Zoning – Rene Pastorek

Director of Health & Human Services – Kali Price

Director of Purchasing – Peter Montz

Director of Public Works – Clayton Faucheux

Director of Economic Development – Stanley Bienemy

Director of Parks & Recreation – Greg Johnson

For more information, please visit the St. John the Baptist Parish website at or Facebook page.