The West Baton Rouge Parish Council appointed Corey Caillouet as the West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters at the Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting.
The final nominations came down to Caillouet and former Brusly town attorney Jamie Fontenot out of 26 total applicants.
“For me, it’s a no-brainer to give her the opportunity,” Councilman Ricky Loupe said. “She’s in there, and she earned it.”
Caillouet won the nomination in an 8-1 vote, with Council Chris “Fish” Kershaw as the lone dissenting vote. Kershaw, who served on the interviewing committee for the appointment, said Caillouet is a great candidate, but Fontenot was an excellent candidate. But when it came time to vote it was clear his fellow Council Members did not share the same sentiment.
“I am humbled by the support and kindness I have received, and I am truly honored to serve West Baton Rouge Parish,” Caillouet said. “I look forward to working with our citizens and public officials to continue the great work being done to make West Baton Rouge shine.”
Caillouet worked as second in command under former Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan for eight years and earned Ryan’s recommendation for the position. While working under Ryan, Caillouet became a Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) through courses offered by Auburn University. She has served as acting Registrar of Voters upon Ryan’s retirement earlier this year.
“The decision we’re making today is not just for the election we’re having right now,” Kershaw said. “This decision affects the residents of WBR for many, many years from now.”