Tangi's long-serving parish president retiring
AMITE - The longest-serving parish president announced he will retire from public office when his term ends near the end of the year.
Gordon Burgess, who has been in charge of Tangipahoa Parish for almost thirty years, said he is retiring with pride on December 31. He was the first to be elected parish president when the parish moved its government away from the police jury system.
"I have been honored to serve as your first and only parish president, and although I am sad to be entering my final year, I am proud to say that our team has made a monumental difference in the lives of our residents," Burgess said.
In 1986, Tangipahoa Parish was on the verge of bankruptcy, with a $4 million deficit.
"It sound like science fiction today to think that this parish was the first county in America to try and declare bankruptcy," he said.
The mess was eventually fixed and Burgess said it wasn't hard to figure out how to clear the books.
"We made a conscious decision to live within our means," Burgess said.
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