The Parish of Natchitoches (PON) Government represents our multiple communities and incorporated areas.
Spanning over 1,200 sq. miles, Natchitoches Parish is one of the largest parishes in the state.

The PON has been governed by a Home Rule Charter since 2012. The Home Rule Charter was called for by the people and replaced the Police Jury system.  The Home Rule Charter provides for a Parish President and five-person council to comprise the legislative and executive branches. An elected council is the legislative branch, while the Parish President serves as the chief executive officer and head of the executive branch.


The City of Natchitoches is the Parish Seat and is the largest incorporated area at approximately 18,500 citizens.

The City also is governed by a Home Rule Charter, with a Mayor and five-person council to comprise the legislative and executive branches. An elected council is the legislative branch, while the Mayor serves as the chief executive officer and head of the executive branch.  The elected council consists of five members. Four members of the council are elected from the districts, while voters of the city elect the fifth member. Each council member’s term lasts four years, which is concurrent with the mayor’s term.

The Natchitoches City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center.