Q: I’ve been reading about all the money East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn has spent on casino hotel rooms, top-of-the-line ice chests, and meals at places like Twin Peaks over the last five years. I understand why the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office would want to investigate why thousands of dollars of taxpayer money were spent on hardware supplies and lunch at a “breastaurant,” but what I don’t understand is what Doug Welborn actually does. Can you please explain his job?


A: He makes sure he’s the best damn boss a Clerk of Court’s Office employee could ever dream of having.

The Clerk of Court’s Office oversees elections, issues marriage licenses, and processes lawsuits and traffic tickets in the 19th Judicial District Court. Without a boss like Welborn to ensure his office’s 139 full-time employees are motivated and happy, handling those mundane duties day in and day out would make the average worker want to blow his or her brains out.

His 20-plus years of experience as clerk of court have taught him that sometimes taxpayer money is best used to make sure the troops have a little fun once in a while. If that means spending $760 on a pair of top-of-the-line ice chests and tens of thousands of dollars on casino hotel rooms and buffets, so be it.

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, whose daughter works for Welborn’s office, said it best when she tweeted:

Yes, “morale-boosting meals & travel” on the taxpayer’s dime really “are in the public good.” And what better way to boost one’s morale than with nearly $200 worth of mediocre food served by women with big tits and tiny outfits?RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop



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