||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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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