Chelsey Richard Napoleon is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Growing up Chelsey learned the importance of academic achievement, hard work and service to the community. Her father worked with a communications company for over 30 years. Her mother was a homemaker and clerical worker.

Chelsey graduated from Benjamin Franklin Senior High School. She was a National Achievement Scholar and University of New Orleans’ Taylor Scholarship Recipient. Chelsey attended the University of New Orleans, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. Chelsey continued her education at UNO obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. While working on her Master’s degree, she completed her thesis: “A look at the Gender Gap: Going Beyond Gender.” Chelsey presented her work at a social science conference.

Chelsey began working for the Clerk of Court’s office in 2002. During that time Chelsey attended Loyola University of New Orleans, College of Law. She attended classes at night while working full-time at the Clerk’s office during the day and raising a family. Chelsey received her Juris Doctorate in May 2008.

Chelsey has worked for the Clerk’s Office for over fifteen years. She has served as Chief Deputy Clerk for over eleven years. Chelsey has a variety of responsibilities in service to the public. Chelsey is responsible for supervising an average of 175 employees. She is responsible for monitoring the daily operations including staffing, system functionality, finance, human resources, payroll and expense control. Chelsey also makes presentations and conducts public trainings on behalf of the Clerk’s Office.

Chelsey believes strongly in service to the community. She has been a member at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for over 35 years. She has served in many roles from choir, to catechism teacher, to now serving on the pastoral council. In her role on the pastoral council, Chelsey is part of determining the future for the church. Chelsey has participated in Loyola University’s day of service. She has spoken to college students about performing research for political science and the value of education and helping others. Chelsey has also spoken at an American Bar Association conference about working in non-traditional roles as attorneys.

Chelsey is the proud parent of Mary who begins the eighth grade at Cabrini High School this fall .



  • Juris Doctor Degree, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law May 2008
  • Master of Arts Degree, Political Science, University of New Orleans May 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major-Political Science/Minor-History, University of New Orleans August 1994
  • Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, May 1990



  • Clerk of Civil District Court, April 2018-Present
  • Chief Deputy Clerk for Clerk Dale Atkins, 2006-2018
  • Executive Assistant to the Clerk, 2002-2006
  • Deputy Clerk, 1995-1997



  • Great Expectations Foundation, Chief Program Officer 1999-2002
  • Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, Program Coordinator 1998-1999



  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church – Pastoral Council
  • (IGO) International Association of Government Officials
  • (NACM) National Association for Court Management
  • (NAGARA) National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators
  • (PRIA) Property Records Industry Association
  • (SAA) Society of American Archivists
  • (SHRM) Society of Human Resource Management
  • (IWO) Independent Women’s Organization
  • League of Women Voters
  • Emerge Louisiana Boot Camp Alumni
  • The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society, Inc.
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • University of New Orleans Alumni Association
  • Loyola University Alumni Association
  • Benjamin Franklin Senior High School Alumni Association