DENHAM SPRINGS – City Councilman Chris Davis will resign from his post effective Friday, two months earlier than he originally announced.
Davis, 41, announced his intentions to resign last month. He had previously stated he would stay on board until May 31.
He was not at the Monday night meeting of the City Council, which marks the last before his resignation becomes official.
He is in the second year of his second term on the council.
Davis now works as a safety specialist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, near Waveland, Miss. He said he has logged a two-hour commute each day to and from the town two miles east of the Louisiana state line since he took the job in November.
Davis in an interview last month cited the inability to repair his home on Oakwood Lane. He said he could not find another home in the city limits of Denham Springs.
In the letter of resignation, he said: “Like so many of us in Denham Springs, our home was destroyed in the great flood of 2016. As a tiny river (proved) how mighty it could be by overflowing its banks and changing its course, the course of our lives was forever changed.”
Aside from his time in college, Davis has lived his entire life in Denham Springs. He and his wife have three children.
“It’s a big thing leaving home,” he said. “I’ll miss the people and my family.”
He said he considers the work with the council on infrastructure issues his proudest accomplishment in his six years of office.
“I feel I’ve helped make some positive changes,” he said.
He does not intend to seek public office during his time in Mississippi.
“I think the only placed I’d want to serve is Denham Springs, maybe in twenty-five or thirty years from now if we move back,” Davis said.