After four years in office and just three months into his second term, Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert somewhat abruptly resigned his position.
He did not offer explanation aside from his short resignation letter, which read: “I, Howard J. Egbert, resign as mayor of Morgan City as of April 6, 2014. Thanks to the council and staff for your support during the last four years.” The letter was dated April 6.
Egbert, a retired educator, ran unopposed on the November 2013 ballot and received 337 votes. In 2009, Egbert successfully ran against Lawrence Hatch. Egbert has been a resident of the city for 46 years and served on the planning and zoning commission for three years.
Many attribute Egbert for a recent push in economic development in the city. Under his eye, the city hired economic development consultant Better City, who was successful in securing a developer for the county’s first hotel with groundbreaking planned for this year. While Egbert was mayor, the Young Automotive Group also announced sweeping development plans along Interstate 84. Several other businesses have located in the city and small businesses have grown while he served as mayor.
The Morgan City Council is now searching for Egbert’s replacement and encouraging residents to submit letters of interest to the city recorder by April 25. The council will consider those who are registered voters, have lived in the city for the past year and are not a felon.
The council will appoint a new mayor on April 29. The newly appointed mayor will serve for two years, until January of 2016.
Long-time Morgan City Councilman Ray Little had the official title of “mayor pro-tem” even before Egbert’s resignation. The term indicates that Little can temporarily hold the position of mayor and act in his stead in the mayor’s absence.