St. Tammany Clerk’s Office Honored By U.S. State Department

St. Tammany Clerk’s Office’s Courtney Nilsson, Caroline Theriot, Robin Leckbee Perkins, Melissa R. Henry, Shana Hess, Courtney Hebert, Dawn K. Mendow

COVINGTON, LA – The U.S. State Department recently honored the St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court's Office for exceptional customer service in the issuing of United States Passports.

         The State Department has more than 7,400 public acceptance facilities where citizens can apply for U.S. Passports, required for international travel to most countries. The St. Tammany Clerk's Office was one of only six facilities recognized for excellence this year.

         Approximately 40 percent of U.S. citizens have valid passports.

         In announcing the award, which Clerk of Court Melissa R. Henry accepted from the Assistant Secretary of Consular Affairs at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24, State Department officials acknowledged the agency for superior customer service, providing a welcoming environment for applicants with special needs and accommodating applicants' children during the process.

         "To be honored by the U.S. Department of State is an extraordinary achievement for the staff who handle this important service," Henry said.  "I was proud to accept the award on behalf of the agency, and commend all our employees who made this possible."


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