Welcome to the official website for East Baton Rouge Parish. I assumed office as Mayor-President on January 1, 2005 with a goal to build an administration that will be a green light for solutions to traffic, safe neighborhoods, a quality education system and open government. Through the increased use of technology and better management of our resources, I believe Louisiana’s Capital is poised to become America’s next great city.
Baton Rouge is the home of two great universities, a world-class biomedical research facility and a downtown that is coming alive with the opening of two museums, as well as new and creative residential and office developments.
If you are a citizen of East Baton Rouge Parish, we hope our website provides you with the assistance you need to access the information and services your local government provides. If you are a visitor, we invite you to see
Baton Rouge in person as a tourist or a company considering doing business here. You will find the friendly people of Baton Rouge will welcome you warmly, and our government doors are always open to you.
Please let us hear from you on how we can serve you better.
Melvin L. “Kip” Holden
The Mayor-President is the Chief
Executive Officer of the city and parish. He supervises and directs
the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the
government. He 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 he or she 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 he sets the city's agenda,
vision, and manages its day-to-day functions. He appoints most of the
department heads, and supervises and directs the services of those
departments. While he does not set the city's public policy (that is the
job of the Metropolitan Council) the Mayor-President influences policy
through his relationships and his appointees. He 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.