Council At-Large Division B
Honorable Scott A. Walker
Councilman-at-Large, Div. B
Scott Walker was elected to the Jefferson Parish Council on October 12, 2019 after winning 56% of the parishwide vote in his first run for political office. Councilman Walker's campaign focused on open, honest and transparent government and the need to look take a serious look at the future of Jefferson Parish -- from our youngest learners to infrastructure improvements to economic development.
Since taking office, Jefferson Parish has faced unprecedented challenges. Councilman Walker helped lead the parish's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Zeta and Hurricane Ida. At the height of COVID restrictions, he helped keep the parish moving by working with other council members and the parish president to balance the success of the business community with public health measures being enforced by the state. On a daily basis after Hurricanes Zeta and Ida, Councilman Walker and his staff stayed on top of garbage and debris collection issues and lingering power and internet outages. His office responded to thousands of constituent issues and followed up on them until they were resolved. He pushed power, internet and garbage providers for weeks on behalf of frustrated constituents.
Councilman Walker has also been a driving force behind attracting athletic events to the parish, establishing WiFi at parish playgrounds, and an outspoken advocate for early childhood education. In 2021, the parish council dedicated $225,000 to the Jefferson Ready Start Network to help create much-needed seats at qualified early care and education centers. In 2022, the council dedicated another $275,000. With the state's dollar-for-dollar local match, and contributions from the Jefferson Community Foundation and Jefferson Business Council, more than a million dollars has been dedicated to our youngest learners.
Councilman Walker is reachable and responsive and his office has a standing mandate to respond to constituents on the same day they call or email.
Councilman Walker, the oldest of three children, was born and raised in Metairie. He attended St. Angela Merici, Brother Martin High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation, Councilman Walker worked at television stations in Hattiesburg, Jackson, Biloxi, Mobile and Orlando before returning home to New Orleans and WDSU-TV in 2009. He anchored newscasts there until July 2018 when he left a 23-year local news career to open a Public Relations and media consulting agency, Scott Walker Media. Also in 2018, Councilman Walker opened Shipley Do-Nuts in Metairie, the first location in Southeast Louisiana. He sold that business in late 2021.
Before launching Scott Walker Media, Councilman Walker was recognized numerous times over the years for his work in broadcast journalism. In 2016, he was honored with a regional Emmy award, his second, for the 30-minute documentary, “Steve Gleason: The Journey.” The documentary chronicled Gleason’s journey from football star to ALS diagnosis to the premiere of his feature-length film at the Sundance Film Festival. In January 2020, Councilman Walker traveled to Washington, DC when Gleason receive a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Congress on a civilian.
Councilman Walker can often be found in the community speaking to community groups, emceeing or sponsoring local events or working with organizations like Team Gleason, the Jefferson Children's Advocacy Center (board member) and the Brother Martin High School Alumni Board of Directors.
Councilman Walker and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2000 and reside in Metairie with their two children, Jack and Beckett, and Oreo the dog.
East Bank Location
Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., 10th Floor
Jefferson, LA 70123-2337
West Bank Location
General Government Building
200 Derbigny Street, 6th Floor
Gretna, LA 70053-5850
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Scott Walker, Councilman-at-Large, Division B