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Parish President Rick Nowlin

Welcome to Natchitoches Parish and our website. Whether you are a citizen of our Parish, a visitor or just checking us out online, we invite you to explore what we have to offer.

The Parish government operates under the Home Rule Charter form of government adopted by the voters in 2011. Since that time, my office has worked with the Parish Council to implement many changes in Parish structure and operations that allow us to improve our services to the citizens and businesses in our area. We will continue to focus on providing the essential services needed by the public and do so in the most cost effective manner.

Natchitoches Parish has a rich history and culture that influences everything that we are and do. From our founding as the first permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory to the present, we are a community of hard-working, fun-loving and friendly people.

Our Parish is rich in natural resources and scenic beauty. It is truly a sportsmen’s paradise. The pine forests, Cane River and beautiful lakes entice one to fish, hunt or just explore the outdoors.

The Parish is also the home of a number of major industries in forestry and building materials production, poultry production and processing, paper manufacturing and other manufacturing.

Northwestern State University is one of Louisiana’s finest public universities and includes the Louisiana Scholars College. The university provides valuable opportunities to people and businesses in the region and its faculty and staff make major contributions to the quality of life in the Parish.

We hope that you will use this website to learn more about your local government. If you have any questions or need any assistance from any of our departments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

Rick Nowlin

Natchitoches Parish Council


The Parish Council consists of five members that constitute the legislative branch of the Parish government. Members are elected from single-member districts for four-year terms. Council members are term limited and cannot serve more than three consecutive four-year terms. The Parish Council, being bound by the Home Rule Charter, State laws and the Constitution, have the authority to pass Parish Ordinances including those related to the general welfare of the Parish and the management of Parish affairs.

Parish Council meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month (excluding holidays and special called meetings) beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 211 of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse located at 200 Church St. in Natchitoches.

Chris Paige –  District 1

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345 Pavie St.
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Home: (318) 357-1339
Cell: (318) 609-2238

Patsy Ward-Hoover –  District 2

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P.O. Box 188
Natchez, LA 71456
Cell: (318) 527-9294

Doug de Graffenried –  District 3

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924 Harling Lane
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Home: (318) 352-3905
Cell: (318) 554-9313

Rodney Bedgood –  District 4

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P.O. Box 263
Goldonna, LA 71031
Home: (318) 727-8770
Cell: (318) 413-0743

Russel Rachal –  District 5

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360 Valco Rachal Rd.
Robeline, LA 71469
Home: (318) 357-9417
Cell: (318) 652-0382

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