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Bogalusa operates under a home rule charter with a mayor-council form of government. The elected council constitutes the legislative branch of government and an elected mayor is the chief executive officer and head of the executive branch. View the City Charter, via this link: Bogalusa City Charter.
Office of the Mayor
The mayor shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a qualified elector of the municipality and shall have actually resided in the city for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the time established by law for qualifying for office.

The office of mayor shall become vacant upon death, resignation, removal from office in any manner authorized by law, forfeiture of office by the officeholder or failure to take office for any reason.

The office of mayor shall be forfeited if the officeholder (1) lacks at any time during the term of office any qualification for the office prescribed by this charter, (2) violates any express prohibition of this charter or (3) is disqualified by law from holding public office.

If a vacancy in the office of mayor occurs more than one (1) year prior to the expiration of the term of office, the president of the council shall serve as acting mayor until the office is filled by the vote of the qualified electors voting in a special election called by the council for that purpose, which election shall be held according to the timetable and procedures established by state law generally for the filling of vacancies in elected municipal offices. If one (1) year or less of the unexpired term remains when the vacancy occurs, the president of the council shall succeed to the mayorality. A vacancy shall then be created on the council to be filled in the manner prescribed in section 2-03 C (Vacancies).
Mayor's absence and disability.
During the temporary absence of the mayor from the city or temporary inability of the mayor to perform the duties of the office, the mayor, by letter filed with the secretary to the council, shall designate the president of the council as acting mayor, provided the temporary absence or inability does not exceed seven (7) days.

When such temporary absence or inability of the mayor exceeds seven (7) days, the council, by the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership, shall so certify and designate the president of the council as acting mayor. When the absence or disability is terminated, the council by two-thirds vote shall so certify and the mayor shall resume his duties.

Should the president serve as acting mayor for a period exceeding thirty (30) consecutive days, he shall be paid at a rate equal to that of the mayor for the entire period served.

The annual salary of the mayor shall be  ($70,000) until changed by ordinance. No ordinance changing the salary or granting any other monetary compensation shall be adopted during the last year of a term of office, and no such ordinance shall become effective during the term of the council adopting the ordinance.
Powers and duties of the mayor.
The mayor, as chief executive officer of the city, shall have the following powers and duties:

See that all laws, provisions of this charter and acts of the council, subject to enforcement by the mayor or by officers subject to the mayor's direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.

Appoint and suspend or remove for just cause all city employees and appointive administrative officers provided for, by or under this charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this charter, civil service or other personnel rules adopted pursuant to this charter. The mayor may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to the mayor's direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office or agency.

Attend all council meetings with the right to take part in discussion but not to vote.

Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter.

Prepare and submit the annual budget and five (5) year capital improvement program to the council.

Submit to the council and make available to the public, within sixty (60) days after the end of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year.

Make such other reports as the council may reasonably request to enable the council to conduct its councilmanic function.

Keep the council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations to the council concerning the affairs of the city as deemed desirable.
Perform such other duties as are specified in this charter or may be required by the council.


The mayor shall hold no other elected public office nor any compensated appointive city office or city employment during the term of office for which elected. The mayor shall not hold any other regular employment or engage in any outside activity that would interfere with or detract from the performance of duties as mayor on a full-time basis.

From The Mayor's Office

The office of Mayor Wendy O'Quin Perrette wishes to assist you with your requests for the City of Bogalusa. We invite you to use the Action Center to contact Mayor O'Quinn Perrette. Should you want to contact us by phone, please call during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wendy O'Quin Perrette, Mayor
Phone: 985-732-6200