Meet the DA
Elliott C. Cassidy is the current District Attorney for the 31st Judicial District, which consists of Jefferson Davis Parish. Cassidy has been serving as the District Attorney since the untimely passing of former District Attorney Kevin Millican in July of this year.
Cassidy was born and raised in Jefferson Davis Parish and is a graduate of Jennings High School where he was elected Student Council President and earned the prestigious Who's Who Award. He then attended and graduated with honors from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in History and Secondary Education. He taught special education and coached football, track, and softball at Rayne High School before attending law school at Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 2013.
While in law school, Cassidy interned for Louisiana's Federal Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans and for the Louisiana Supreme Court. After graduating, he worked for a law firm in Baton Rouge before starting his own business in Jennings in 2015. His business was located in a building owned by the late Kevin Millican.
"I'd met Kevin several times prior to 2015, but that was really when I got to know him. He knew the first few months would be tough for a young lawyer starting his own business so he helped me with the rent until I could get up on my feet. He also knew that law school does not teach you how to be a lawyer and took time out of his busy schedule to show me the ropes of a small-town law practice."
In addition to owning and operating his own business, Cassidy was hired as Assistant District Attorney in Calcasieu Parish. He was the Domestic Violence prosecutor for a year before being promoted to the head prosecutor of a Felony Section. He also served as a prosecutor for Calcasieu's Drug Court and DWI Court.
"I loved my time working at the Calcasieu D.A.'s office, but more importantly my experience there taught me how to be a prosecutor. I handled everything from traffic tickets to murders in my time there. I was able to take all of the things I learned in Lake Charles and bring that back to Jeff Davis."
Millican, who was elected District Attorney after running unopposed in 2020, hired Cassidy as his First Assistant District Attorney. "I was honored beyond belief. Anyone who knew Kevin knows that he had high expectations of his employees. He knew attorneys and prosecutors from all over the state. Obviously, I considered him a mentor and to have him put that much faith in me meant the world."
Cassidy was sworn in by Millican as his First Assistant District Attorney when Millican's term started in January of this year. Cassidy said he thinks about that day often. "That was such a happy time. All of the Assistant D.A.s along with our spouses and kids were there. The office staff was there. Kevin had realized a lifelong dream of being the D.A. and I was back home serving the community where I grew up. Everyone was smiling."
"I want to finish the job he started. Kevin Millican had a vision for how this office should operate. He was a man of faith who put family above all else. He ran the office like a family. He was the boss but everyone from employees to the public was treated equally and with kindness. I plan on doing the same thing."
Cassidy stressed the importance of community involvement when discussing the office. "I want my generation to take a more active role in this parish and I intend to lead by example. I have coached youth sports. I served as the Vice-President of the Jeff Davis Parish Library Board. I am a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church. I helped serve meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Now, I am humbly asking the people of Jeff Davis to elect me as their District Attorney."
While proud of his achievements as a criminal prosecutor, Cassidy said his two biggest accomplishments have nothing to with the courtroom. "The best decision I ever made was to marry my wife Kelli, who is the love of my life and keeps me grounded when things get hectic." Cassidy also mentioned the two have one daughter, Barbara, who is 1 and are currently expecting their second child.
Cassidy said experience has taught him the key to a successful District Attorney's office is communication. "We are going to be on the same page as law enforcement. We might be a small rural parish, but criminals are going to find out that if you break the law in Jeff Davis, there will be tough consequences."
Cassidy highlighted the major issue facing Jefferson Davis Parish as drugs and the criminal activity that goes along with it. "I've spoken with all the heads of law enforcement since taking over as the District Attorney. If you are dealing drugs in this community or committing violent or sexual crimes, I intend to take you to trial and lock you up for a long time."
"I never dreamed of being the District Attorney because Kevin Millican was young, and I believed he would be the D.A. for a long time. God called him home and I know I have big shoes to fill. Kevin always emphasized making the most of the opportunities you get in life. I intend to continue to fulfill his legacy and make my friend proud."