LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - After serving more than a decade on the Lake Charles City Council, Mike Huber and David Perry are set to depart, but not without parting words.
"We turn now to our lame ducks. Let's go with Mr. Perry first," said Council President Stuart Weatherford.
"It's been a great experience. You learn a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff. Whether it's riding around with the police chief or city engineers your learn a lot," said Perry.
"It's been a lot of fun. I guess that's the way to say it. I had fun," said Huber.
Thank you's were in order. Not only to their constituents for letting them serve, but to their families who have been their number one supporters.
"I couldn't have done it without my family support, my children, my wife, my parents, everybody," said Perry.
"I want to thank my wife... She's been my biggest supporter... I think she voted for me every time," joked Huber. "I'd also like to thank our mayors that I have had the privilege to work under. I've been very fortunate. I think I probably have worked with two of the best mayors in the history of our city: Willie Mount and Randy Roach. I think they came at a good time, both of them one after the other to kind of turn the ship in a new direction."
Serving under two administrations, both men have had tremendous influence on change. Both agree their biggest accomplishment was being a part of lakefront development. However, Huber says in order to ever reach full potential the city, along with the parish, needs to build upon their strengths and weaknesses.
"There are just so many things where we duplicate services that I think if we want to make a major step. And if we want to pay for it I think we are going to have to look at very, very seriously at consolidating services. I don't know any other way to do it and that's all my years of looking at it," said Huber.
Looking back over the years, Mayor Roach says while they haven't always agreed, there's no denying both men have been a guiding force - not only for their respective districts, but for the city has a whole.
"I can't thank you enough for your service. I can't thank you enough for your dedication and your commitment, your integrity and the way in which you've handled all the issues that have come up," said Mayor Roach.
As the City of Lake Charles enters a new chapter, Perry and Huber plan to stay involved in public government.
"They'll be changes coming and I'm interested to see what happens... And I'll be watching," said Huber.
But they're not completely done yet. For their last official act of duty they have to sit in on a special meeting next Monday June 29th regarding the city's contract with the Lake Charles Fire Department.