1 November, 2013 (All day)
After four years in office, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert is running for his second term unopposed.
“I think the city is in pretty good shape financially, but we need to be looking toward and planning for the future,” Egbert said. “I know how much time it took for me to understand the basics of city government. This knowledge will allow me to use my time more efficiently to work on future projects. There are some projects I would like to see completed.”
A former member of the Morgan City Planning Commission, Egbert said his time in office has taught him some valuable lessons.
“The wheels of government move slowly, which is very disconcerting to me,” he said. “Things need to be done correctly, but in a more expedient manner.”
He said it has been challenging not having control over an issue, but having to pass it because of federal and state codes.
In the last four years, the city has seen many accomplishments, said Egbert, a former construction worker and retired educator.
“Some in the community will never know the good done,” he said. “Nevertheless, those accomplishments were extremely important in helping city government function more efficiently.”
A resident of the city since 1967, Egbert was familiar with the city before taking office.
“I felt I needed to give something back to a community that has been so good to us,” said Egbert, 70.