Austin Badon, who has served as Clerk of First City Court for nearly three years and revamped, remodeled, and modernized the office to improve the delivery of services to the public and the courts it serves, will seek to become the next Clerk of Criminal Court.
Badon received 65 percent of all votes cast in his last election and previously served honorably for 12 years as a state legislator known for championing governmental and education reforms.
As First City Court Clerk, Mr. Badon is the records keeper for approximately 10,000 civil small claims and eviction cases a year. In his first term, he has managed a complete transformation of the office to improve efficiency, increase staff and staff pay, and safely store all files on-site. Cost-saving measures he has instituted have reduced coping charges through the office by 50 percent. An e-filing subscription service is projected to be offered to office users by the end of 2021, allowing documents to be accessed through an office or home computer.
Born in the 7th ward and raised in New Orleans East, where he still resides with his wife and son, he says his strongest asset is his ability to offer quality government service and operations effectively and honestly.
Mr. Badon is a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, a graduate of St. Augustine High School and Troy State University, where he received a Master’s in Human Resource Development, and formerly served as District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, and Director of Community Service for both Nunez Community College and Southern University. He is a member of the BOLD political organization.
As a community member, he is known for helping families resolve unsolved cases, such as finding Terrilyn Monette, a missing Jefferson Parish teacher, as well as assisting with solving the murder of a beloved New Orleans East resident.
Badon does not have to resign from his current position in order to run for Clerk of Criminal District Court. The election will be held on October 9, 2021.