Within the matter of a couple of minutes, Morgan City gained a new mayor and lost a long-time councilmember.
Morgan City Councilman Ray Little was officially sworn in as the city’s new mayor April 29 after the abrupt April 6 resignation of Mayor Jim Egbert. Little had been working as the “mayor pro-tem”—or temporarily holding the position of mayor and acting in his stead during the mayor’s absence—since Egbert’s resignation. Little was the only resident to submit a letter of interest in the position.
The city council appointed Little as the new mayor until January of 2016. The city will conduct the next mayoral race in the fall of 2015.
“I have been involved in our current effort to grow our business sector and would like to continue those activities,” Little said in his letter of interest. “I believe that I understand our current directions and would like to see our efforts continue. I have the time to dedicate to the future growth of Morgan City.”
Like Egbert, Little is a retired Morgan educator. He advised Morgan’s award-winning FFA chapter for decades.
Little’s new position necessitated his resignation of city council member, a position he has held for more than two decades. The city will advertise the new council position in this newspaper on May 9 and 16, with an application deadline of May 23.
The city council will appoint a new city councilmember on May 27.