Administration

Meet the Clerk of Court and 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

Lana Coludrovich

Civil Department

(504) 934-6619

lcoludrovich@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

Public Records Requests

La. R.S. 44:33.1 requires the Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court’s Office to publicize the name and contact information of its custodian of public records, the official charged with receiving and responding to public records requests submitted pursuant to La. R.S. 44:1 et seq.  The clerk of court’s civil, criminal, traffic, marriage license, and mortgage and conveyance records are available for public examination in the facilities in which their respective filing and research offices are housed.  Persons wishing to view juvenile criminal or other sealed records must petition the court for access. Access to clerk of court records is free; patrons need pay only for copies made or requested, and no appointment or advance contact is needed to inspect records, which are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Online access to these records is available via the clerk’s e-search service, which is available on a subscription basis for a nominal fee.
For all other records, a public records request should be sent to Frank J. Borne, Jr., Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, at fborne@clerk25th.com. Those requesting documents pursuant to La. R.S. 44:1 will be charged copy fees of $1.00 per page or provided with a date and time Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to examine the records at no charge.

Fighting Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

Pursuant to La. R.S. 24:523.1, the clerk of court makes the following message and information available to the public:
Contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) Hotline if you suspect the misappropriation (theft), fraud, waste or abuse of public funds by anyone.  Information provided to the LLA Hotline may result in an investigation, audit or other review.  When providing information to the LLA Hotline, please include sufficient detail (describing who, what, where, when, why and how) to allow us to fully evaluate your information.  Although we consider anonymous information, providing us with your name and telephone number will allow us to contact you with any additional questions we have.  Your name and telephone number, as well as the status of complaints, are confidential.
Contacting the LLA Hotline is easy:  Citizens who wish to report illicit activity should contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor at: 1) by phone at 1 (844) 50 FRAUD (503-7283); 2) by fax 1 (844) 40 FRAUD (403-7283); via U.S. mail at LLA Hotline, P.O. Box 94397, Baton Rouge LA 70804; or via website, www.ReportFraud.la.
This notice has been posted throughout the offices of the Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court.

Policy to Prevent Sexual Harassmant

It is the policy of the clerk of court to prevent and prohibit sexual harassment of any employee by another employee, by supervisors, by customers, or by vendors.  The clerk’s office WILL NOT TOLERATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT.  Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical or inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when the conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment or the holding of office, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment and shall not be tolerated.  Violations of this policy may result in harsh discipline including termination of employment.

La. R.S. 42:343 requires that all public servants receive a minimum of one hour of education and training each year on preventing sexual harassment and that each agency post on its web site its policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment.  Below are the policies and procedures of the Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court’s Office.

Prohibited Conduct

Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome physical contact, the use of sexually explicit language or gestures, and any uninvited or unwanted sexual advances (either physical or verbal) which create an overall offensive environment.  Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the use of vulgar language, the presence of sexually explicit photographs or other materials, the telling of sexual stories or jokes, and the uninvited or unwelcome touching of another person.  Both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment.  The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex of the alleged offender.
Reporting, Investigating, and Resolution of Complaints

Any employee of the clerk of court, who believes that he or she is a victim of sexual harassment, should report the matter to his or her immediate supervisor, or if circumstances do not permit, then to any supervisor.  The supervisor to whom the report is made shall immediately have the reporting person reduce the matter to writing, which writing should include the name, department, and position of the person allegedly committing the harassment, a description of the incident, including the date and location of the incident, and the names of any potential witnesses.  The supervisor to whom the report is made shall also immediately document in writing that a complaint has been received, and notify the director of personnel of the complaint and provide the employee’s written complaint to the director of personnel.

If circumstances exist which do not permit the person who believes he or she is a victim of sexual harassment to report the matter to an immediate supervisor or other supervisor, then alternatively, that person should immediately report the matter to the director of personnel.  If circumstances do not permit the person who believes he or she is a victim of sexual harassment to report the matter to an immediate supervisor, other supervisor, or the director of personnel, then that person should immediately report the matter to the chief deputy.

Complaints should be submitted immediately after the incident has occurred.  The director of personnel shall investigate the matter in a thorough and prompt manner, and shall take appropriate action to address the complaint.  Complaints and investigations of complaints will be treated to the extent possible in a confidential manner, with information disclosed only on a need-to-know basis.  The investigative process will be conducted expeditiously and professionally.  The investigation should involve only those employees or others who have actual knowledge of the circumstances, including the person making the complaint, the person accused, and witnesses or others possessing relevant information.  Employees who are interviewed regarding the complaint will be instructed that the complaint and investigation are to remain confidential.

The complaint, the investigation of the compliant, and any resulting disciplinary action shall be documented.  Employees who are found to have violated this policy are subject to appropriate discipline.  If an investigation results in a finding that this policy has been violated, the resulting discipline could include a minimum of a written reprimand, up to the maximum of the termination of employment.

Prohibition Against Retaliation

This policy prohibits any retaliation against any individual for making a complaint, or for testifying or participating in any way in an investigation or other proceeding involving a complaint of sexual harassment.

Federal & State Laws

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal and state law.  In addition to the policy and procedures provided in the Clerk of Court’s Policy to Prevent Sexual Harassment, there are federal and state laws related to sexual harassment in the workplace.  Such laws can be found under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, and under Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 51:2231, et seq. (in effect), and La. R.S. 42:341, et seq. (effective 01/01/2019).

Employees may obtain additional information regarding procedures and deadlines for making claims associated with sexual harassment from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR).

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 

800-669-4000

https://www.eeoc.gov/

Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR)

225-342-6969

http://gov.louisiana.gov/page/lchr