PA city facilities restricting public access; Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse closed

Published 2:13 pm Monday, March 23, 2020

The city of Port Arthur has announced it is restricting access to the public at all of its facilities including city hall and the annex.

Staff members will assist residents with city services via telephone and website ( Staff will be placed at the door of each city facility for those with urgent matters.

For assistance, call 409-983-8259 or email

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The Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse in Port Arthur ia closed until further notice. For further information or service, call:

  • Precinct 3 Commissioner Michael Sinegal at 409-983-8300 or -8307;
  • Jefferson County Tax Office at 983-8316 or 983-8310 (or in Beaumont at 835-8459 or -8516, or 727-2191);
  • Jefferson County Clerk’s Office at 983-8430 (or in Beaumont at 835-8475);
  • Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Mark DeRouen at 983-8325;
  • Precinct 8 Justice of the Peach Tom Gillam at 983-8330;
  • Precinct 2 Constable Christopher Bates at 983-8335;
  • Precinct 8 Constable Eddie Collins at 983-8311;
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 983-8530 (or in Beaumont at 835-8411); or

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office at 835-8550.

The Port Arthur Water Utilities Department has updated information and guidelines for utility billing services and other necessary payments to the city in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The city says that customer service and cashiers will implement social distance guidelines and will be limited to taking drive-thru, online and telephone payments.

Water utility billing payments can be made using the drive-thru window at city hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online at or the night drop box.

Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order, cash, credit cards and cashier’s check.

“We ask for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time,” a city statement reads. “Our hope is that we can resume normal service as soon as health and safety guidelines allow. The City of Port Arthur is committed to communicating with the public on how to safely navigate through this crisis and continue to fulfill its duty to provide critical services to its citizens.”

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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