New mayor talks about plans for the City of Pascagoula
The City of Pascagoula held their swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Mayor Dr. Jay Willis and council members Tuesday evening at City Hall.
Republican Jay Willis ran unopposed for this year’s election. He is a retired dentist and consultant who has served on the board of directors for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Mayor Willis says while in office, one of his goals is to continue to grow the downtown area by hopefully adding an additional 70 apartments or condos to the area by the end of the year.
The City of Pascagoula has over 13,000 industrial jobs and with Ingalls looking to hire an additional 3,000 workers, Mayor Willis feels it will only enhance the city.
Mayor Willis says his main priority coming in is to focus on the city’s infrastructure needs. “We have infrastructure needs in the city that have to be met. They are very expensive projects that cannot continue to be put off or band-aids put on the problems. I think that’s a big goal that I will have. The other thing is the optimism we really need from our residents and citizens because this is a great place. We want to make everyone understand who lives here and who is coming to visit what a great place this is.”
Mayor Willis wants to make the City of Pascagoula a place where people can eat, play, live, and grow a family.