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Denham Springs City Councilman Chris Davis

DENHAM SPRINGS — Citing the difficulty of rebuilding after the August flood, City Councilman Chris Davis is resigning from office effective Friday.

Davis did not attend the final City Council meeting of his tenure Monday, opting instead to submit a letter of resignation to city officials. He and his family recently relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Davis took a job as a safety specialist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in November.

“Like so many of us in Denham Springs, our home was destroyed in the great flood of 2016,” Davis wrote in his brief resignation letter. “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.”

The Davises’ home, on Oakwood Lane south of Interstate 12, could not be rebuilt, the councilman said, and the family had difficulty finding a new house within city limits.

“Along with my wife, Robyn, and family, and after much prayer, the decision was made for us to rebuild our lives in another town,” Davis wrote in his resignation letter.

Mayor Gerard Landry said the letter had been forwarded to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, so the councilman’s seat can be declared vacant. By law, city officials then must appoint an interim council member and call a special election to fill the remaining year and nine months of Davis’s term.

Davis first took office Jan. 1, 2011, and was serving his second term.

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