On behalf of the Town Council, Town Staff, and most importantly, our residents, I would like to welcome you to the Town of Maringouin. Since I took office in 2015, my vision has been centered around the mission that I was instilled while pursuing my doctoral degree in law from Southern University Law Center–the motto of “Seriousness of Purpose”.
“Every action that this administration makes will be handled with a Seriousness of Purpose.”
We have so much to be proud of , like our unique and diverse history, our beautiful huge live oaks, and green pastures. Sitting on the confluence of two bodies of water with miles of beautiful outdoors recreation, there is never a shortage of activities as the climate is always pleasant.
Maringouin is rich in history. Maringouin is the largest community in the northern end of Iberville Parish. It is named after the Mosquito, and its orgins dates back to 1802, where it is believed to have been founded by the Acadians. A rural town of approximately 1,077 residents, yet within a 30 minute drive of Baton Rouge, the states capital city. Maringouin was incorporated in 1907 and combines a friendly, small-town atmosphere with the urban cultural atmosphere in its reach. Maringouin has a wide variety of historical advancements. It once served as the hub of commerce for the region, with cargo transportation as one of the most dominant means of transportation and industry. Maringouin was widely known for its movie theaters, car delearships, and many local businesses.
Our town is in the midst of revitalizing our main street and creating recreational areas, developing housing communities,and promoting educational advancements for our residents. It is an exciting time to be in Maringouin as we begin transforming our wonderful town a modern day, world class entity. We are excited about the new governmental building, walking trail, bayou pavilion, and water splash park projects that will begin construction in January of 2016.
The Governing Authority for the Town of Maringouin is committed to maximizing your access to Town information and our ability to hear from you. This website is an important tool- a gateway to the Town services providing relevant information about this governing body.
I invite you to browse through our new website to learn more about what Maringouin has to offer and encourage you to continue to be involved in government.
– Demi Vorise, Mayor of Maringouin
Meet the Mayor
Demi L. Vorise is the first African American female Mayor elected in Iberville Parish. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class-North Iberville High School class of 2000. She holds a Juris Doctor from The Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she holds the Southern University Law Center Clinical Excellence Award for 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Jacksonville University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003. She is an Attorney with a private practice located in Port Allen, Louisiana. She is the daughter of an American born father, George Vorise Jr., and a Jamaican born mother, Cislyn Vorise. She is the sister of four brothers, Marlon, Steven, Jerome, and Shelton Vorise; one sister, Cynthia Vorise.
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Her experience is varied, having held a Town Council position in Maringouin, LA from 2007 to 2014. During her tenure on the Town Council she served as Mayor Pro Tempore during her first four years in office. She was instrumental in numerous programs to assist her constituents. During her campaign for her first elected office, she coined the phrase, “Demi Delivers”. This slogan accurate describes her time on the governing board for the Town of Maringouin. Demi’s message has always been presented in her campaign theme’s as she coined the phrase, “Ready on Day One” as the clear vision she embodied for the great Town of Maringouin. She has served in the Southern University Law Center Criminal Law Clinic in Baton Rouge, LA earning awards for her excellence and professionalism. With nearly a decade of experience serving a variety of law offices, Demi L. Vorise has the knowledge, talent and skill to represent a wide variety of clients.
Her selfless and committed nature has extended into years of volunteer experience, ranging from assistant coach to children in Iberville Parks and Recreation to serving on Council on Aging “Adult Recreation Center” in Jacksonville, FL. She has served as a tutor and mentor in a variety of environments, holding a talent for explaining complex issues in a way anyone can understand.
Her achievements have been recognized in both the academic world and in professional legal environments, holding both the Academic Scholarship Award at Southern University Law Center as well as being a founding member of the Business Entrepreneur Law Association. Demi is very active in her community and church. She is a member of Mt. Gideon Baptist Church, and regularly attends her father’s church, Wiley United Methodist Church.
Madame Mayor, Maringouin, LA
Term: January 2015-2019
Town Council Alderwoman, Maringouin, LA
Term: January 2007-2011
Re-elected: January 2011-2015
Demi L. Vorise & Associates, Maringouin, LA
Handle legal matters , such as family law and personal injury cases on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions
Simien & Miniex, APLC, Lafayette, LA
(June 2011-August 2013)
Handle legal matters , such as family law and personal injury cases on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions
Defense of matters against City of Lafayette
Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge, LA
(May 2011-June 30, 2011)
Staff Attorney/Contract Position
Handle legal matters on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions
Daniels, Williams, and Associates, P.L.L.C., Baton Rouge, LA & Houston, TX
(May 2009- May 2011)
Handle criminal and civil matters on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions
Synergy Legal Consultants, Houston, TX
(June 2009-May 2011)
Reviewed legal documents for litigatio
Baton Rouge Paralegal College, Baton Rouge, LA
(June 2009- June 2011)
Persuasive Writing for Lawyers
Instructed students on how to draft legal documents and how to write persuasively
Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA
(August 2003-August 2004)
Assisted teachers with questions regarding teacher certification
Aided parents regarding questions about LEAP, IOWA, and other standardized tests
Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Juris Doctor degree in Law
*Southern University Law Center Clinical Excellence Award 2007
Graduation Date: May 2007
Admitted to Louisiana State Bar Association
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Bachelor of Arts English
*Magna Cum Laude
Graduation Date: May 2003
Founding Member, Business Entrepreneur Law Association
Member, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
Member, Black Law Students Association
Recipient of Clinical Assistant Award
Academic Scholarship Award, Southern University Law Center
Member, Louisiana Bar Association
Chief Hosea K. Anderson, Sr. has spent his entire career in law enforcement, beginning with the Maringouin Police Department in 1991, and moving to the IPSO in 1993 where he’s a 22-year veteran. Anderson has served as a road deputy, juvenile detective and detective. He is currently the captain of the North Iberville substation. His career has come full circle, as he now leads the police department where he began.
Anderson studied criminal justice at Southern University and has received an array of specialty training throughout his career.
Anderson believes when something happens to one in the community, it is felt by all of us. As such, two of the most effective weapons against crime are communication and cooperation. Also, he believes no amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family or replace the moral code that should stem from the roots of strong family values.
Above all, his greatest joy and accomplishment is being the father of three wonderful children.
Kirkland Anderson is serving his fourth term on the governing board for the Town of Maringouin. This is his second term serving as Mayor Pro Tempore. He has been employed with Union Pacific Railroad for 19 years. He has been instrumental with many departments and accomplishments over his tenure in government. He currently serves as the Chairperson for Utilities. He vision includes working collectively with the board, community and other leaders to ensure continuous advancements for this area.
He is married to Paulette Anderson, and the father of five children, Sherika, Kristen, Kayla, Kirkland Jr., and Alana.
He is a proud lifelong resident of Maringouin and is committed to making this community a better place to live. John attended Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee. After high school, he attended and received his Associate Degree from TH Harris Technical College. He is a twenty four year employee with Entergy Corporation as an Area Supervisor.John is no stranger to community service. His family has been dedicated to public service. His father, former Mayor Nathan Carriere, served as Mayor for two terms. John believes in working collectively to bring positive change to everyone. His vision for the region consists of the sum of the following ideas:
Extending town corporate limits, improving streets and roads, developing housing programs, increasing educational advancements.
John says he looks forward to working with residents and businesses in the community and parish to promote not only public safety and economic growth but an understanding of how everyone can play a role in making the parish a better place to live.
He serves as Chair of the Streets and Roads Committee and Board Chairman.
John is married to Kaley Klienpeter Carriere and the father of three children: Alyse, Nathan, and Nicholas. Alyse attends Relativity School, where she is majoring in Commercial Dance. Both Nathan and Nicholas attend school at Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee. His family are members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Maringouin.
Veronica “Bonnie” Hill is proudly serving her first year as Alderwoman for the Town of Maringouin. She is a lifelong resident of Maringouin, Louisiana.
She received her Bachelor of Science and Master degrees from Southern University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana in Business Education. She is also a 39 year employee at Southern University-Baton Rouge as a Computer Facilitator.
Veronica has always shown love for her community. She believes that maintaining a strong relationship with the people she cares about is a very important aspect of her life. She participates and volunteers in activities for the school, church and community to help ensure that the community prospers. Veronica believes in helping other to further their education, so she implemented the North Iberville Scholarship Fund. She wants to maintain a positive relationship with the community by making a personal commitment to honesty, integrity, accountability, respect and dedication. Her life mission is to be good in the things she does, how to treat others, and the decisions she makes. She says her strengths come from the confidence and beliefs she has in God.
Veronica’s missions include the following:
- Provide quality programs and municipal services for residents of the community
(Tutoring and Computer Classes)
- Work hard to continue economic growth
- Beautification of the town with street lights, sidewalks, street and welcome signs
- Sponsor an Annual Health Care Fair
- Work together with town officials to provide services to the elderly in the town
Veronica is married to Burnell J. Hill, Jr. She has six Children: Gary, Kinte, Keira, Karnika, Kristy and Arien
Seven Grandchildren: Michael, Keri, Jeremiah, Nyla, Kendon, Kennedy and Kamrin
Daughter-in-law: Stefanie — Son-in-laws: Jason and Joe
She is a active Member of Mt. Gideon Baptist Church.
Alderman Brian Robinson Sr., began serving as Alderman for the Town of Maringouin on January 1, 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Maringouin.
Today, he is a fifteen year employee of a local company, Star Communications. He also actively volunteers at his family owned business, A. Wesley Funeral Home, in Maringouin, Louisiana. Brian has been actively engaged in the local government for the past five years, by consistently attending meetings and becoming involved with the actions of the governing body.
The Alderman is also very active in his community. His vision for the community includes the following:
- Improving and Increasing the business categories in the community
- Seeking grants for affordable housing and home improvements
- Implementing recreational programs to the community
- Street beautification
- Providing assistance programs for the elderly
- Creating programs for the youth
Brian currently serves as Board Chairman. He is a member of the Volunteer Fire Department. In his short tenure as an elected official, he has been instrumental in drafting and implementing an employee handbook which outlines the rules and regulations of employees. He also has created a newly performance merit rubric. This program entails weekly employee worksheet logs that ensure accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency of all employees. He has initiated an open door communication policy that ensures that employees are being treated fairly.
Brian is married to Champail Robinson, and the father of four children, Christian, Brian Jr., Mya, and My’rah.
Alderman Clarence Wiley is serving as a second term Alderman for the Town of Maringouin. He is a lifelong resident of Maringouin.
Clarence Wiley is a native of Maringouin, who attended grade school and high school in this great community. After graduating from North Iberville High School, he was determined to effectuate positive change in this community. Clarence worked as an entrepreneur and technical jobs while carrying a full load of classes, at Baton Rouge Community College. Clarence earned a trade as an Equipment Operator. His vision for the community encompasses a wide variety of ideas. His main focus is that we provide for the children in our community. He believes that the children are our future and we must invest in them.
He is also deeply involved in our community. He has been instrumental in programs for our children. He currently serves as a Board Chairman for Building and Grounds. Clarence loves to be challenged and balances his work as a business owner and community volunteer with his roles as a husband to Fredrica, and father of two children, Carson and Rilee.