Andy Dotson Becomes Baton Rouge’s First Black Parish Attorney

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council just named Anderson Dotson the first black person to become Parish Attorney. The Parish Attorney’s Office is responsible for directing and supervising the legal affairs of the City/Parish of Baton Rouge. The office provides legal advice to the Mayor, the Council and other City departments and boards. The parish attorney is appointed by a vote of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council. 

Dotson, was named the interim parish attorney in January after the departure of Lea Anne Batson the previous person to hold the position. Baton resigned after Councilman LaMont Cole (D) District 7, placed an item on the metro council agenda to have Batson removed from the position.

Committee members on the selection committee to appoint a new Parish Attorney scored each candidate based on their interviews, as well as job-related experience, communication, professional demeanor, personality and suitability — according to an evaluation matrix used by the committee. Dotson is the former city prosecutor for city court in Baton Rouge. The committee gave Dotson the highest score of those interviewed for the position, he received a combined score of 377. 

We reached out to several council members for comments of congratulations, Councilman Cole offered comment following the appointment saying, “Congratulations!! I’ve not known Anderson Dotson very long.  Based on what I observed heard from friends and colleagues he’s a good man and will serve our city and parish well.  I’m looking forward to working with him to address matters in our community to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Dotson is the first black person to hold the position in the 200 year history of the city of Baton Rouge. Congratulations to him and The Rouge Collection wishes him well in his new post.