Jon A. Gegenheimer was first elected as Clerk of Court of Jefferson Parish on November 21, 1987. Mr. Gegenheimer had been a full-time practicing attorney since 1971. Over the years, he gained extensive experience in civil and criminal law at the state and federal levels. He served as staff attorney for the Department of Health and Human Resources, State of Louisiana from 1981 to 1987 and as City Attorney for the City of Gretna from 1982 to 1988. He taught commercial law at Our Lady of Holy Cross College from 1979 to 1987. Mr. Gegenheimer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola University, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, where he served on the Loyola Law Review staff, and a Master of Laws in Admiralty from Tulane University School of Law.
Mr. Gegenheimer was re-elected in 1991, when he garnered 80% of the vote. He was returned to the clerk of court’s position in all subsequent elections.
Mr. Gegenheimer has received nation-wide acclaim from attorneys, judges, and court administrators for his distinguished record of significant innovations in court administration, elections administration, and land records management. When he assumed office in 1988, he inherited a disorganized and bankrupt office. Mr. Gegenheimer acted quickly to turn the office into an efficient operation dedicated first and foremost to public service. He remains focused on adapting the court, elections, jury, and land records systems of Jefferson Parish to the information age by maintaining and enhancing electronic imaging and retrieval procedures, the electronic transfer and filing of real estate documents, electronic filing in the courts, and Internet access to all of the public records under the clerk of court’s custody and control.