Meet the Clerk of Court & Her Team

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HON. Kim Turlich-Vaughan

Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court

Kim Turlich-Vaughan was elected clerk of court of Plaquemines Parish in 2015 and assumed office in July 2016. She was unopposed in 2019 and began her second term in July of this year.  Born and raised in Port Sulphur, Kim graduated from Port Sulphur High School, then attended Southeastern Louisiana University and the American Institute of Banking.

After a successful 32-year career in the banking industry, Kim left her position as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Regions Bank to begin her journey in public service as clerk of court.  Service was nothing new, however, as she served her community for many years as president of the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival, board member and a past president for the Rotary Club of Belle Chasse, and a past president for the Republican Women of Louisiana to name a few.  Kim has a passion for serving the community and the public, and believes that her staff and office also provide professional and excellent customer service.

The role of the clerk of court in each parish is to maintain and preserve the official records of the parish, including 1) recording all land records and UCC documents; 2) filing of civil and criminal court proceedings; 3) issuing and recording marriage licenses. In addition, the clerk of court serves as the chief elections official for the parish, qualifying candidates for local election, recruiting and training poll commissioners, certifying the tabulation of votes, and is the ex-officio custodian of voting machines. The clerk of court also provides additional services such as issuing birth and death certificates, in partnership with the Louisiana Bureau of Vital Records, and accepting passport applications, in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

During Kim’s first term, she has moved her office forward with technology and added services.  The office now accepts credit cards, e-filing of civil and criminal pleadings, e-recording of mortgages and conveyance documents, and is now a passport acceptance facility.  Kim also initiated the relocation of the largest manual early voting site in Plaquemines, in order to provide faster and efficient services to the voters. In 2019, the new Plaquemines Parish Courthouse opened in Pointe-a-la-Hache, which the clerk of court staffs to provides services to the residents of the East Bank and lower end of Plaquemines.  Numerous enhancements are planned for her second term.

Kim was named to the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association Board of Directors to serve a two-year term in 2017, and was recently named to serve another two-year term as the board’s secretary. The board reviews and fulfills the goals of the mission; to support Louisiana Clerks of Court and their employees to improve working environment, to meet legal requirements and to better serve the public. Kim takes pride in serving on a state level, representing all of Plaquemines Parish.

Kim has been married to her husband Chris for 27 years and they have one daughter, Jordyn Layne. She is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and resides in Belle Chasse.

Hon. Kim Turlich-Vaughan, Clerk of Court

(504) 934-6610

kturlich-vaughan@clerk25th.com

Frank Borne, Jr., Chief Deputy

(504) 934-6612

fborne@clerk25th.com

Edward "EZ" Kirby

Recording /Jury Manager/

Elections

(504) 934-6620

ekirby@clerk25th.com

Vickey Frierson

Recording/Archivist/Criminal

Department

(504) 934-6618

vfrierson@clerk25th.com

Becky Kaliszeski

Civil Dept. Supervisor/

Appeals

(504) 934-6613

bkaliszeski@clerk25th.com

Tandi Gondrella

Civil Department

(504) 934-6617

tgondrella@clerk25th.com

Kyle Johnson

Civil Department

(504) 934-6622

kjohnson@clerk25th.com

Lane Stockstill

Civil Department

(504) 934-6616

lstockstill@clerk25th.com

Kortney Coludrovich

Criminal Department

(504) 934-6615

kcoludrovich@clerk25th.com

Jan Ragas

Criminal Department

(504) 934-6621

jragas@clerk25th.com