The Mayor-President is the Chief Executive Officer
of the city and parish. She supervises and directs the administration
of all departments, offices, and agencies of the government. She keeps the Metropolitan Council informed of the
financial condition of the government, with recommendations for
action; submits the annual budget to the Council; and performs other
duties prescribed by The Plan of Government, ordinances, and
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the City of Baton Rouge use the title Mayor-President instead of
East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge have a consolidated form of government. The head of the executive branch serves as both the president of the parish and the mayor
of the city, thus, the title mayor-president.
we use the title "Mayor-President" for our Mayor?
The Mayor of Baton Rouge is called
"Mayor-President" because she or he is Mayor of the City of Baton
Rouge and President of East Baton Rouge Parish. This stems from
1947, when the people of the parish voted to
consolidate the functions of
local government so that the City of Baton Rouge, which was growing
significantly after World War II, and the rural, unincorporated areas of
the East Baton Rouge Parish, could all be served by many local government
Our local government was further
consolidated in 1982 when the citizens voted to join the City and Parish
Councils into one governing body called the Metropolitan Council. This
also meant that 12 Council Members would be elected from single member
What was the purpose of consolidating
the Parish and City Government?
Consolidated government is regarded as
a more efficient way of running a metropolitan area. It has a threefold
objective: to eliminate duplication of governmental services; to increase
governmental efficiency; and to reduce costs. For example, caring for
roadways requires the same type of skilled employees and equipment, no
matter if the roads are in the parish or the city. Therefore, having one
Department of Public Works instead of two is more cost effective.
What is our Mayor-President responsible
The Mayor-President is like the City Parish's Chief Executive Officer, as
she sets the city's agenda, vision, and manages its day-to-day
functions. She appoints most of the department heads, and supervises and
directs the services of those departments. While she does not set
the city's public policy (that is the job of the Metropolitan Council)
the Mayor-President influences policy through her relationships and her
appointees. She also prepares and submits
the annual budget to the Metropolitan Council. As one of only 50 Mayors of state
capital cities, our Mayor represents Baton Rouge throughout Louisiana, the
U.S., and the international community.
How do I invite the Mayor-President to
attend an event?
You may fax a letter to the Mayor's
Office detailing the event (include date, time, location as well as a
contact name & number), to (225) 389-5203. You may also mail your request
to 222 St. Louis Street, 3rd Floor, Baton Rouge, LA
70802. If you fax your request, please include "Request Mayor's Attendance"
in the subject line.