Tommie served on the Board as a member and President Pro-Tem of the Board from 2002 – 2011. I assumed a leadership role during the rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The City was under water and so was a major portion of our facilities. As President Pro-Tem, I lobbied FEMA and Congress for the revenue to repair our water, sewer, drainage and power systems. When my tenured ended the SWB had received over $600 million dollars in Project Work Sheets and the Corps of Engineers over $2 billion to repair the levees and permanent pumps. As your Mayor, I will attend Board meetings and get monthly updates on the working conditions of all pumps, turbines, and the other facilities. We will never again not be prepared to protect our citizens from rain, floods or hurricanes.