Oubre seeks ninth term as St. Charles Parish clerk of court
|Photo provided by Charles Oubre|
Oubre was elected as clerk of court over 28 years ago and considers it a privilege to serve the residents in the parish.
“Throughout my tenure, the office has gone through many changes and improvements,” Oubre said.
“In 1979, the clerk’s office was operating on a manually operated system, and now due to computerization and improvement in office technology, the office is 98 percent automated,” he continued.
“Due to the growth of St. Charles Parish over the years, the size of the office staff, the volume of work, and the number of records kept in the clerk’s office have increased,” he said.
“I feel I have managed the growth proficiently and have kept the clerk’s office operating in an efficient manner.”
Oubre said all of the changes in computerization, office technology, office accommodations and staff size has been funded by the operations of the office.
“Since no funds are received from the State or the parish to operate the office, fees generated by the services performed, by the office are the funds used to manage the office.”
As clerk of court, Oubre implemented, a computer system for record keeping and has continually updated that system as new technology became available; installed a computerized selection system; installed a dial-a-phone answering service for jury duty; installed an in-house imaging system for all civil, probate, criminal and juvenile records; purchased office equipment and furniture to preserve space and afford easier access to records for employees and the public, provide uniforms for employees, provide continuing education opportunities for employees to keep abreast of laws and procedures, provide election results to the parish for posting on the government channel, posting election results directly to the Secretary of State’s database, and providing public birth records.
Oubre, a graduate of Hahnville High School in 1947, played professional baseball until he volunteered for duty in the United States Army in 1948.
Oubre served three years in Tokyo and fought in the Korean Conflict under General Douglas MacArthur.
“Upon being honorably discharged, I returned home and resumed my professional baseball career,” he said.
“In 1955, I completed my baseball contract, and was employed at Shell Oil Company,” he continued.
In 1963, Oubre began his career in public service.
“I worked in the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, where I served as the chief deputy from 1968 to 1972,” he said.
“Later in 1972, I was given the opportunity to become the judicial administrator for the 29 Judicial Court,” he continued.
“I served as judicial administrator until I was elected to the clerk of court position in December, 1978.”
Oubre has been married to his wife Cara, for 50 years.
The couple has five children; Charles III, Cody, Conley, Chet and Cara.
“I am a lifelong parishioner of the Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus 2409, Veterans of Foreign Wars 3750, and American Legion St. Charles Post 131,” he said.
“I was formerly the Commander of Post 131, and I currently serve as chairman of blood drives held by the organization three times a year.”
Oubre is also a member of the Louisiana Clerk of Courts Association, the International Association of Clerks, Recorders and Election Officials Treasurers, and was one of the first 11 clerk of courts in Louisiana to become certified and he continues to maintain his certification by attending seminars each year.
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