The voters have spoken, and overwhelmingly re-elected Joe McComb to a second term as mayor of Corpus Christi.
As for where the city goes from here, the word the mayor believes best describes where the city is headed is forward.
McComb says he has a few major goals for his next term, goals he’s confident he and the council can meet over the next two years.
“It’s a real honor, and I feel a real burden to do the best we can to show the people they made the right choice,” said McComb.
Now, McComb knows it’s time to get to work. That work starts with hiring a new permanent City Manager.
“There’s a lot of hesitation if you’ve got an interim, both from the council and from the interim,” said McComb. “Certain decisions may be put off because you’re a little hesitant if you’ve got that interim title.”
Three other items top McComb’s priority list for his second term as mayor. First, he wants the city to finish up the outstanding bond construction projects, something he says will be done by the end of 2019. Second, negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the Corpus Christi Police Department before the current contract runs out. And third, have the framework in place for the city to finally have an uninterruptible water supply.
The mayor believes the future is bright.
“All signs point to a very positive future for the city of Corpus Christi,” said McComb.
McComb has always said the best way to run the city is like a business, and a successful business takes care of its customers. In this case the customers are the citizens of Corpus Christi.
“We’ve got to provide a service that’s top quality, and we’re working to get there,” said McComb. “The best way to keep your job is to do your job. If we make a mistake, we’re gonna admit it, but we’re gonna correct it.”
The mayor also says he’s looking forward to working with the new members of the city council. There’s a council retreat planned for early next year so the group can map out its goals for the term.