Iberia Parish operates under a Home Rule Charter, which became effective on January 9, 1984. The charter allows for separate legislative and executive branches: legislative matters are handled by an elected 14 member Council while the elected Parish President serves as administrator.
The Council is made up of 14 members, each elected from a district identified in numerical sequence as provided for by the charter. (Previously, Iberia Parish operated under the Police Jury System, where jurors were elected from wards and operated as both legislators and administrators by handling the day to day operations of the parish.)
Currently, the Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month with the Joint Committees (Executive, Finance, Public Health and Safety, and Public Works) meeting immediately following the conclusion of the Council meeting. All meetings are held in the Parish Council Chambers located on the 4th floor of the courthouse and begin at 6:00 p.m. (Holidays may change the dates of certain meetings, so please check the schedule to see exactly when the Council will meet.)
Council meetings are currently being videoed and are available for viewing on cable channels serviced by Cox Communications and Sudden Link, at the Main Branch of the Iberia Parish Library System through their Reference Desk, or on our website here.
The public is invited to attend all meetings and encouraged to participate during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting. Persons wishing to address the Committees/Council for non-agenda items are required to complete a Speaker Participation Form and return it to the Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the meeting. This form is available on our website. Persons wishing to address the Committee/Council for agenda items are required to complete a Speaker Participation Form prior to the Council meeting.
If you would like to place a topic on the agenda of a Committee/Council meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Council for further information.