Patin sworn in as new Iberville Clerk of Court

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Patin and her 14 deputy clerks were sworn into office.

Amy Matirne Patin and her fourteen deputy clerks were sworn into office to become the current Clerk of Court and staff last Thursday, June 30.  Accompanied by family, friends, co-workers, supporters and parish leaders, Amy Patin received the oath of office as the next Clerk of Court for Iberville Parish. 

The picturesque ceremony included a brief farewell speech from the retired Clerk of Court, Mr. J.G. “Bubbie” Dupont. Passing the torch to his long time protégé, friend and Chief Deputy, Mr. Dupont remarked that he has the utmost confidence in Amy’s ability to protect the integrity of the office and fairly uphold the title of public servant. “As my father once told me, treat everyone fairly and everyone’s problems as if they were your own,” said “Bubbie” Dupont. 

The swearing-in ceremony was welcomed by Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Cole Patin, son of Amy and Tess Patin. Deacon Alfred Ricard of St. John Evangelist Catholic Church offered an opening prayer and special blessing to Amy Patin and guests. Chozun, an Iberville Parish Gospel group led by Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams of White Castle, offered special music, followed by the acknowledgement of Officials by Sheriff Brett Stassi. Mr. Randy Sexton, Iberville Parish Assessor and long-time family friend of Amy Matirne Patin, shared the biography and short stories of the new clerk with attendees. 

In his last official act as Clerk of Court, Mr. Dupont conducted the Oath of Office to Mrs. Patin, who was accompanied by her husband Tess and sons; Carson and Cole. Judges from the 18th Judicial District Court; Honorable Alvin Batiste and Honorable Elizabeth Engolio performed the Oath of Office to the fourteen deputy clerks that were also honored in Thursday’s ceremony. 

Following the swearing in, Clerk of Court Amy Matirne Patin took to the podium to give thanks to family members, friends, supporters and Parish leaders in attendance as well as the citizens of Iberville for putting their trust in her to serve as Clerk. 

Her speech gave mention to the tireless work of those that assisted along the campaign as well as the support and guidance from her boss, mentor and friend; Mr. Dupont. 

“Bubbie provided me with opportunities to learn, grow and succeed in my office and as I stand here tonight I can’t go without thanking Mr. Dupont for all he has done for me,” Patin said. Amy continued by thanking her Mother and family as well as her husband and their sons for the love and support they provided during her campaign. She graciously accepted the Oath of Office and praised the people of Iberville Parish. In closing, Amy recalled her decision to run for office and described how she sought God’s will and reliance on her faith. 

“It is by God’s shear grace that I am here tonight, where I am supposed to be and it is with much appreciation and humility that I accept the oath of office as Clerk of Court for Iberville Parish,” Patin said. 

Following another choral selection by Chozun, the closing prayer and blessing was led by Mr. Carson Patin, son of Amy and Tess Patin who asked God to protect all parish leaders, especially his mom, as they work for the citizens of Iberville Parish. A reception including food and beverages followed in the lobby of the courthouse. 

Mrs. Patin will officially begin work as Clerk of Court on July 1, 2016 following the election win on October 24, 2015where she ousted her challenger with over 67% of the vote to secure the position. In her new role, Amy will continue to maintain all parish records, oversee jury selection, administer marriage licenses and passports and access to legal documents. 

The Clerk of Court is also the Chief Election Officer of the Parish and is responsible for coordinating and administering all scheduled elections and providing election results to Secretary of State. In addition to maintaining and preserving all parish records and documents, the Clerk of Court is the gatekeeper for Parish information and assistance. As a veteran to this office with over 23 years of experience, Amy Patin has pledged to dutifully and fairly continue to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Iberville Parish. 

The office of the Clerk of Court is located in the Iberville Parish Courthouse at 58050 Meriam Street in Plaquemine is open daily Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.