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Jimmy Durbin
Jimmy Durbin
225-665-8121
mayor@cityofdenhamsprings.com
The Mayor of Denham Springs is a full-time position, elected by popular vote for a four-year term.

The Mayor is the chief administrative officer of the City and oversees the operation of all City Departments, with approximately 180 employees and a $20 million plus consolidated budget.

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Jimmy Durbin is a lifelong resident of Denham Springs. A “hands-on” mayor and administrator, Durbin has been instrumental in the City’s residential growth, commercial expansion, infrastructure improvements and profitable forecast. He is proud to be a part of Denham Springs’ thriving future. His leadership, fiscal management, innovation, vision and regional collaboration have been invaluable in the City’s economic development projects.

Throughout his political career, Durbin has maintained an open-door policy of fairness, transparency and service to the people.

Personal
Born in 1947 to Erlo and Mildred Durbin, the Mayor of Denham Springs, Louisiana is a 1965 graduate of Denham Springs High School. He earned a BA degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in New Orleans.

Jimmy Durbin

Durbin practiced law in Denham Springs from 1973 until 2002, when he began serving as the elected Mayor of Denham Springs. Prior to mayoral election, Durbin continuously served as a City Councilman from 1989 - 2002. He is a conservative Democrat.

The Mayor has been married to Maurice Cockerham Durbin for 32 years. They have two children, Bradley and Berkley, both graduates of LSU and Tulane Law School.

Mayor Durbin is a member of the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, Denham Springs Green, Pet Aid, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and holds honorary memberships in various civic organizations, including the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club. Durbin has held numerous advisory and executive positions on local, regional and state boards, committees and municipal panels.

Jimmy Durbin

Current Board Positions:
La. Supreme Court Judicial Compensation Commission
Firefighters Retirement System Board of Trustees (one of only two mayors in Louisiana to serve)
Louisiana Municipal Gas Authority Executive Board
Louisiana Municipal Gas Authority Pricing Committee
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee Vice Chairman
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Committee
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Livingston Parish Childrens’ Choir Board Chairman
Luke 10:27 Church Trustee

Accomplishments

Fiscal Management:
Under the Durbin administration, the City of Denham Springs is in a positive fiscal position. Despite the national recession, Denham Springs city government has a half-million dollar surplus. Denham Springs has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada consecutively for the past 13 years.

Economic Development:
Completed and ongoing major economic development projects in which the Durbin administration has been instrumentally involved:
• Secured partial federal funding ($14 million plus) for a new Interstate 12 interchange at Pete's Hwy. and continues to work with congressional delegation in Washington, DC for remaining funding
• Secured state funding for widening / improving Rushing Rd west of Range Ave to Chantulane, the new “hotel row.”
• Secured $23 million in bond funding and created new sewerage district, opening new areas to residential /commercial development
• Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Major Shopping Center Complex
• Sam's Club
• Five New Hotels (now nine in city)
• Spring Park Plaza Shopping Center expansion bringing in Office Depot, Stage Store, PetCo, Sears and Raising Canes
• Starbucks/Verizon Center


Economic Development cont'd:

• Numerous New Restaurants
• Numerous New Retail Outlets
• Many New Professional Offices and Office Complexes
• Created comprehensive City Web Site
• Continued support / enhancement of the nationally known Denham Springs Antiques Village & Historic Preservation District
• Location of “Mothman” movie filming

Jimmy Durbin

Infrastructure:
Completed and ongoing major local infrastructure projects in which the Durbin administration has been instrumentally involved:
• $18 million, award-winning sewer treatment facility (DEQ Environmental Leadership Award)
• $23 million creation of Denham Springs Sewerage District #1
• One-million gallon water tower (now 3 water towers for the city water system)
• Two new water wells (now 7 for the city)
• Major expansion and upgrade of water system
• Major expansion and upgrade of sewer system including video camera access and review
• Continuing rehab of existing water and sewer collection systems
• Secured federally funded sidewalk enhancement and lighting project in Historic Preservation District

Roads:
Under Mayor Durbin's leadership, Denham Springs has benefited from major highway improvements:
• Range Avenue Corridor By-Pass
• Florida Ave / River Rd / 4-H Club Rd Realignment Project
• S Range Ave / I-12 Project (widened/altered on/off ramp lanes; added southbound lane to Bass Pro)
• Secured state funding for widening / improving Rushing Rd W from Range Ave to Chantulane
• Ongoing negotiations for funding to widen / improve Tate Road
• Created and landscaped River Road Place
• Widening and enhancement of Florida Blvd from parish line to River Road including elevated Amite River Bridge
• Intersection improvements -
Range Ave / Centerville St / Hummell St
Florida Ave / Range Ave / Julia St
Florida Ave / Hummell St
Cockerham Rd / Hatchell Ln
Florida Ave / Hatchell Ln
S Range Ave / Vincent Road signalization
E Rushing Road / Pete’s Hwy (designated turn lanes)

Jimmy Durbin

Quality of Life:
• Formation of the Denham Springs Historic Preservation District
• Restoration of Old City Hall on Mattie Street as a City Welcome Center, Museum & Meeting Hall to bring new life and energy into an area of historic, cultural and economic significance ($800,000 plus)
• Creation of Willow Woods Park – $25,000 in private donations for trees and walking trails to reclaim oil well site
• Spring Park springs’ enhancements
• City partnership with Pilot Club Foundation to create Kidz Korner Playland Handicapped Park on city land
• Enhancement of Award-Winning Main Street Program
• Smithsonian Journeys Exhibit at Old City Hall
• Renovation of City-owned offices of Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council of Livingston Parish
• Tree City designation since 1998 - continued creation of green spaces; planting of trees and shrubs
• Cleanest City District VI Winner and State Winner 2004, and Cleanest City District VI Winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
• Keep Louisiana Beautiful Award in recognition of city’s efforts in litter prevention
• La. Municipal Association Community Achievement Award
• Secured numerous federal and state grants for fire and police departments
• Secured federal reimbursement for hurricane debris cleanup and utilized the considerable debris as mulch for residential and commercial use (Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike)
• Regular use of misdemeanor offenders for community service litter pickup