The Administration of the St. Martin Parish Government functions as the organization’s Human Resources services, administers Parish benefits programs and policies and safety programs while it supports several areas of operations through record keeping functions, maintenance of inventory of all movable and immovable property, building maintenance, insurance coverage and a host of other related administrative services. The Administration insures consistent and ethical implementation, application and enforcement of various obligatory mandates, regulations and guidelines that are demanded and expected from local government.

A sizable, and perhaps the most visible, component of what defines St. Martin Parish Government (SMPG) is the maintenance of bridges, roads and drainage, but SMPG is so much more than that. We are Community Health Services, Tourism, Animal Services, Recreation Parks, Building Maintenance, Finance, Correctional Medical Services, Water Plant, Community Centers, Planning and Zoning, Building Permits, Nuisance Compliance, Fire Services, and HUD/Section 8 Housing. Within this wide realm of services, each and every department, each and every employee serve to improve the quality of life for all citizens of St. Martin Parish.

It may be of interest to know that we have 85 regular full-time employees, whose median age is 49 years old. We employ 15 regular part-time employees to help with park maintenance, animal services duties and clerical assistance, bringing the total employment figure approximately 100 employees altogether. Of the 85 regular full-time employees, one-half maintain the Parish’s bridges, roads and drainage laterals using 10 excavators, 8 backhoes, 1 motor grader, 3 dozers, 14 dump trucks, and 10 tractors. Our 46 buildings are maintained by one supervisor and 3 building maintenance custodians supported by contractual services. The remaining 35 or so regular full-time employees work to provide the other services as described earlier. Our regular full-time employees are very loyal with 29% having between 5 to 10 years of service and 30% having more than 10 years of service (the individual with the longest service time being over 35 years of service).


Animal Services:

St. Martin Parish Animal Services has taken in 800 animals from the parish so far this year.

Although the shelter has taken in so many animals, it has maintained a 94.23% live release rate. SMAS contributes the majority of the live release rate to its transports, having done 18 so far this year to various states all over the U.S. These transports have carried more than 400 animals to safety in the last 8 months.

SMAS also has several programs in place to help the community. The community is welcome to contact the shelter to find out how they can help with spaying/neutering for qualifying citizens, providing the perfect pet for your home through SMAS’s adoption program, or helping to educate through their volunteer program.

St. Martin Parish Animal Services is located at 1004 Industrial Park Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582. The phone number is 337-394-1220 or catch up to us on Facebook at St Martin Shelter.

St. Martin Parish Animal Services is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The shelter is closed to the public on Holidays.


Building Permits:

In 2017, St. Martin Parish issued 145 Residential New Construction permits and 31 Commercial New Construction permits. There were 196 homes moved into the parish, and 321 existing homes were purchased.

The Building Permits office is located at 303 West Port Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Phone# 337-394-9816


Cade Community Center:

Cade Community Center has been the go-to facility for parties, weddings, balls, banquets, etc., since 2008. Other parishes have been left scratching their heads and wondering how St. Martin Parish accomplished this. With the help of our Sales Tax dollars and multiple rentals, we are able to keep our rental cost for the facility down. Located in the heart of Cade, this 27,000 square foot facility sits adjacent to the Landmark Nursing Home. As we have been told, no other facility offers the capacity, convenience, price, time, staff and amenities like the Cade Community Center. We are looking forward to an upgrade to the park and grounds area. Let us host your next event!

Cade Recreation Center:

A small, intimate setting for a bridal or baby shower to a family gathering or small wedding ceremony, we offer our Cade Recreation Center. This facility seats 64 guest along with a full kitchen and restroom. The Cade Recreaion Center sits on the same grounds as the Cade Community Center. We also offer a public basketball court for leisure play along with a walking track and playground area. The facility is available for rental.


Correctional Medical Services:

Correctional Medical provides medical services at St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. It is known that quality, professional, and cost-effective care can be a challenge in the corrections environment. We provide the critical resources to treat the diversity of medical needs of inmates in a secure setting. Our staff includes RN, LPN, and designated medical provider. We understand the importance of maintaining proper documentation of medical records that is critical in providing treatments. Clear communication with inmates and all of our staff ensures an efficient healthcare system.

All inmates, regardless of status or housing, are provided the opportunity to report an illness, injury, dental, or any other health concern whenever they occur, including mental health screening as the needs arise.

We provide the full scope of primary care services to include, but not limited to:
– Initial and ongoing health risk assessment.
– Preventative services, such as health screenings, health promotion, and health maintenance services.
– Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.
– Care coordination.
– Specialty referrals and follow-up.
– Referrals to mental health, procurement, distribution, and administration.
– TB screenings.
– Referrals for interventional dental care.

Average # of daily inmates: 189
Inmates receiving medical services quarterly:
– Medical: 1080
– Dental: 42
– Mental Health: 26
– Medical transports: Acute: 21 and Urgent: 69

– Staff/inmate ratio: 3 to 189 = 63 inmates per staff member.



The St. Martin Parish Government Finance Department has the following primary functions: Payroll, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Permits and Budget. Thanks to our exceptional team understanding the importance of properly handling public funds, we have had clean audits year after year.

Our payroll is processed both bi-weekly and monthly. It includes our regular employees and council members, as well as court reporters, Assistant DA’s, JP’s and Constables. We currently have 105 St Martin Parish Government employees.

St. Martin Parish Government purchasing functions include purchase orders, which are issued daily, and yearly calls for bid. These calls for bid benefit the Summer Food Program which provides food for school aged children during summer months, as well as the Public Works Department with purchases of tires, batteries, oils and various road materials along with sand for flood and drainage issues.

All invoices and purchase orders flow through Accounts Payable. Once expenses are approved by the Parish President they are returned to the Finance Department for check processing. The check runs take place on the 10th and 25th of each month.

Accounts receivable is a group effort requiring the work of everyone in the Finance Department. All of the revenue for Parish Government must be processed and entered into the accounting system. This includes manual deposits, electronic deposits and credit card receipts.

The 2019 Annual Budget was our most recent undertaking. Thanks to a seasoned staff and great cooperation by department heads and the administration, this process was completed on time and without any major difficulties.


**PLEASE NOTE: A new report will be added every other week until all departments are included.