D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Michael Janus is back on familiar turf, walking the halls of D'Iberville City Hall, and meeting with workers. He's been out of touch since early April, taking a leave of absence to work for Congressman Steven Palazzo. He said Washington was fun, but political gridlock bothered him.
"You did work 12, 14 hours days and you went home and wondered, 'What did I accomplish today?'" Janus said. "As a city manager, really as a public servant at a local level, municipal level, you really do get a greater sense of accomplishment."
Working as a congressional chief of staff wasn't as glamorous as you might think.
"I went up there, wrote job descriptions and employee manuals, purchased equipment, filled vacancies, so that's really what my day to day activities were."
While there, the news about Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal broke. Janus said it serves as a lesson in the age of instant communication.
"The bigger story about Congressman Weiner's issues is that everything is scrutinized now," Janus said. "With Twitter and Facebook and the internet and the blogs, every action, every move that a congressman or a staffer makes in DC, literally within minutes, is reported or is somehow placed on the internet for public scrutiny."
Janus has known Congressman Palazzo for years, and left Washington impressed.
"The leadership identified him early on as someone with potential. He's one of the few freshman that's actually a subcommittee chairman, so that in itself speaks highly of both his capabilities and what the leadership see in him."
When it was time to leave though, there was no hesitation.
"I love this town, I love the mayor and council and the staff that I work with, and quite honestly, you go further, I love my wife and kids and they want me home."
Janus said he may have to take a trip or two back to Washington this month to tie up some loose ends, and make recommendations for a permanent chief of staff for the congressman.