The voters of Gretna have turned to former Councilman Jim Timmerman to lead the growing suburban city for the next four years.
Timmerman had a double-digit margin over Gretna businessman Kip Edmonds.
Timmerman, 56, said that, if elected, he would bring trust back to City Hall. He previously served on the Gretna council from 2000 to 2004. He works as a new client consultant at TD Ameritrade.
Timmerman said he wanted Gretna to have a long-term vision and would explore the feasibility of building a community center. He also said he will pursue downtown redevelopment and a joint venture with the Gretna school district to build a new swimming pool for the community.
Edmonds had vowed to bring more transparency to Gretna City Hall and revisit some of the city’s occupational taxes that he thinks hamper Gretna’s efforts to entice new development.
Edmonds has lived in Gretna for 17 years, and his family owns a small business, Aesthetic Concrete Design.
Both challengers defeated incumbent Mayor Sally McGuire in the four-person May primary. That election came less than three weeks after State Auditor Mike Foley raised questions about former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry’s expenses and about a lack of oversight of city funds by the current mayor and city council.
Lawry, who was subsequently fired in April in the wake of the auditor’s report, recently pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor charges related to her misuse of city finances. The City Council plans to interview the finalists for the city administrator’s vacancy next week.
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