Jason Manola, Parish President
Parish President Jason Manola, a native of Brusly, Louisiana, shares a deep connection with West Baton Rouge Parish, where he and his wife, Tricia Gascon Manola, have been lifelong residents. With 32 years of marriage, they are proud parents of two sons and grandparents to one grandson. His eldest son, Blake is married to Taylor Toups Manola, with one son Christian. His youngest son, Conner Manola is engaged to Jennifer Windham.
Jason's educational background includes a degree in Accounting from LSU, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Over the years, he has gained a wealth of experience, spending five years with Hannis T. Bourgeois CPA’s, fourteen years as the Gulf Region Chief Financial Officer of Ports America, and the last fourteen years as the Chief of Administration for West Baton Rouge Parish Government. In his administrative role, he oversaw major infrastructure improvement contracts, managed day-to-day operations across departments, and handled the parish government's budget, which amounted to approximately $80 million.
Notably, Jason served 20 years on the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board, with 18 of those years as the School Board President. His commitment to education extends beyond the boardroom, as he has been actively involved in the community by volunteering as a coach and mentor since his college days.
Jason envisions a future for West Baton Rouge Parish characterized by responsible growth, aiming to create a community where future generations take pride in calling it home, much like he and his wife do. His multifaceted experiences, both professionally and in community service, reflect a comprehensive understanding of the parish's needs and a dedication to its well-being.
The Parish President is the chief executive officer of the Parish Government and shall exercise general executive and administrative authority over all departments, offices and agencies of the Parish Government. Parish Administration is responsible for the overall supervision of all parish programs and the execution of parish policies as set forth by the Home Rule Charter and Parish Council. This department handles purchasing and the administration of all contracts, agreements and negotiations for the Parish Council.
In addition to the oversight of operations and in coordination with the Finance Director, the Administration properly processes and records all financial transactions that occur within the department along with those in the parish's component units, invest available monies in legally approved investments backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America, prepare the Annual Budget and monthly in-house financial statements on all operational funds and perform payroll functions including filing of all applicable payroll taxes and retirement reports.
The Administration and in coordination with the Council Clerk, is responsible for the transcription and indexing of all Parish Council meetings, preparation of agendas, ordinances, resolutions, and correspondence associated with Parish Council action.
Other activities directly under the supervision of the Administration include but are not limited to:
- Mosquito and Animal Control Programs
- Public Works
- Solid Waste
- Voting Precincts