Calcasieu Parish launches planning effort

Posted at 11:59 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 12:59:06-04

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has launched a strategic planning effort designed to "enhance, build upon, and further inform parish government’s role in supporting parish-wide growth and success in the coming years," officials announced Tuesday.

According to a release from the police jury, the planning effort will include setting and implementing parish-level priorities and multi-year goals focused on citizen service, workforce engagement and supporting a strong quality-of-life for all who live, work and play in Calcasieu Parish.

As part of this process, officials are asking for input from parish residents and stakeholders to better understand satisfaction with services provided by parish departments, identify areas for improvement and build long-term goals the Police Jury can work toward in the coming years.

“Over the past several years, our Calcasieu Parish community has come together to address and meet the challenges associated with having one of the most thriving economies in the nation,” said Judd Bares, Police Jury President. “Through this strategic planning process, we will continue to plan for the future by ensuring our parish government – including each of us who have been elected to serve on our Police Jury – is positioned to inform that future with clear priorities, goals and strategies that guide us every step of the way and help make Calcasieu Parish the best place to call home.”

Now the Police Jury wants residents to participate, by filling out a brief survey with questions about existing services, priorities and suggested focus. To fill out the survey, click here. You can also fill out a survey in person at the parish government building on Pithon Street in Lake Charles, or at any branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library. If you like, you can also send feedback or input directly to the planning team by sending an email to

“The most successful organizations constantly look for ways to improve how they serve their customers – and in Calcasieu Parish, our customers are our citizens and businesses, as well as the hundreds of employees who comprise the Calcasieu Parish team,” said Bryan Beam, CPPJ Parish Administrator. “This strategic planning effort will help us continue to improve upon how we serve our various customers and hold ourselves accountable to taxpayers, while building a clear understanding of the priorities that are most important to this community and organizing our internal operations and future goals in support of those priorities.”

There also are plans for "strategic planning office hours" across the parish in the coming months, when residents can meet with planning team members to talk in person.

In addition to broad public outreach and citizen engagement, the Police Jury is gathering feedback from CPPJ employees on topics ranging from how to provide more efficient and effective services to helping identify potential issues or opportunities for improvement. The results of this employee feedback, when combined with public input, will serve as the basis for priorities to be adopted by the Police Jury and goals to be established by CPPJ administration and departments in the coming months.

This strategic planning process is expected to conclude by the end of 2018 with a clear vision and plan to guide parish government efforts over the next three to five years.

To read more information about the process, click here