D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville finally has a new city manager. State representative Michael Janus was named to the post during a Friday afternoon council meeting.
Janus said this is the right time for him resign from the Legislature and take on this job.
Former Harrison County Supervisor Bobby Eleuterius, who was favored to take over as D'Iberville's city manager, retracted his bid for the job back in August. A month earlier, the city was unable to reach an agreement with former City Manager Richard Rose.
But now that the city has a new man on board and plenty of projects in the pipeline, everyone's ready to get to work.
"I know it seemed like a long time for the citizens, but we wanted to make sure we had the right pick for the city and to run the city," Councilman Stephen Furney said.
"I was actually up in Jackson yesterday and, I guess I'm man enough to admit, I shed a few a tears," Janus said. "It was tough to leave, but it was time to come home. I've got two beautiful daughters and a wife who love me."
City leaders say his 14 years in Jackson will be a great asset to the city.
"We deal with a lot of regulatory boards in Jackson. That helps us when we can get permits quickly," Mayor Rusty Quave said. "His knowledge of the gaming statute and the gaming laws. We're ready and poised to get into the gaming area."
With a background in economic development, Janus said his timing could not have been better coming into the position.
"What a great time to accept this job. I think some of my first official duties will be to cut a ribbon for the largest retail establishment in the Southeast that's opening," Janus said.
With the Promenade shopping center set to open in a couple of weeks and major infrastructure projects like the I-110/10 project, Janus is stepping in just as the city takes its growth to the next level.
"It's just an exciting time to be a part of the City of D'Iberville."
Both city leaders and residents are ready for Janus to get going.
"Now he gets to take control and get in the driver's seat and take us to the next level," Mayor Quave said.
Michael Janus' first council meeting as the new city manager will be Tuesday, October 6th.