DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - In the last 12 years, the landscape around the City of Denham Springs has changed dramatically. Population growth sparked the need for new business. That was all under the former mayor, Jimmy Durbin.
2015 brought a new leader to the city.
Gerard Landry won the election in November, he was sworn in during the last few days of 2014.
Landry says he too wants to keep that business income coming into the city, while also keeping that small town feel that so many moved to Denham Springs for.
Some retail is necessary though.
"Over 60% of the sales tax generated is what funds the city," Landry said. "We have to have that. If we replace a fire truck, replace a police car that's where the money comes from."
Five days into the New Year, finds the new mayor easing into his job. Landry says he will be analyzing budgets and talking with employees on how to move the city forward.
Traffic and drainage are two issues on his list to tackle
He says he'd also like to improve the quality of life in the city, with parks and widening or resurfacing streets.
Last week, after being sworn in he had his first official act as mayor - one he did not take lightly. He presented a flag to the family of James Foster, the city's first police officer killed in the line of duty.
Over the next few days, there will be a lot of getting to know everyone, but Landry says as long as business is taken care of and the city continues to thrive, he's getting the job done.
Landry will be sworn in again, along with the new council members, at the city's first council meeting next week.