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President's Message


I am Richard “Ned” Thomas, Jr., President of Washington Parish; on behalf of the Washington Parish Council, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our official Washington Parish Government Website. I hope as you visit the site you will find everything you need to know about the service that may help you and your neighbor every day.

Washington Parish is home to over 47,000 residents. My goal is to better ensure and preserve the quality of life in Washington Parish. Located in the southeast corner, “toe of the boot’ of the State of Louisiana we are known for agriculture, timber and paper industry, watermelons and our annual Washington Parish Free Fair. Washington Parish has an abundance of communities that are the makeup of this wonderful parish.


A “Sportsman’s Paradise” Washington Parish situated in the rolling hills, with two major rivers, is a playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Offering boating, hunting, fishing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking to just name a few of the activities enjoyed. South of Franklinton on Highway 25 is Bogue Chitto State Park, a state of the art park on 1,786 acres, with amenities for families who will enjoy camping, hiking and water activities on the beautiful Bogue Chitto River.

If golfing is your sport, we have 3 courses in Washington Parish, Bogalusa Country Club is a 9-hole course, while Franklinton Country Club and Gemstone offer 18 holes and are open daily for your convenience.


We hope you would consider making Washington Parish your new home; we have two schools systems Washington Parish Schools and Bogalusa City Schools along with Bowling Green School, Ben’s Ford Christian School and Annunciation Catholic School. Washington Parish is also home to Northshore Technical Community College.

Washington Parish has two major hospitals, LSU-Bogalusa Medical Center and Riverside Medical Center offering doctors and medical facilities for our surrounding communities. Industry in our parish is growing daily; restaurants, small and large businesses alike are making Washington Parish their home. We are thankful for the investments that they are making in our parish and the opportunity for growth and employment for our residents.



As Parish President and a lifelong resident of Washington Parish, I am proud of our parish and the people who reside here. Community leaders and organizations are working together to move our parish forward. I hope that you have a great experience while visiting our parish and that you will come back to visit us again.