In less than 48 hours Marc McDougal will hand over his title as mayor. McDougal began his city council career in May 1998. He served district five for two terms, then was elected mayor in May of 2002 and then again in 2004. He decided not to seek a third term and, as you know, Lubbock voters elected a new mayor this weekend.
On his last few days on the job, NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire talks to Mayor McDougal about his past eight years of service to Lubbock.
Tuesday afternoon at city hall, we found Mayor McDougal signing papers. "Spend more time at the office and more golf," he said as he signed. It's his last week as mayor, and that's what he says he'll do more of once he signs the position over to newly elected mayor David Miller.
McDougal has already unofficially moved out. We couldn't do our interview in McDougal's city hall office because he told Miller he could move in! Miller was already there preparing for his new position.
McDougal served a total of eight years on the council, four of them as mayor, and he says he enjoyed all of it.
"Somebody asked me the other day if I was ready to leave city hall and I am, but I told them I wouldn't change anything. If I had it to do again, I'd do the same thing," he commented.
McDougal is most proud of straightening out LP&L's finances, securing the city's water supply for the next 100 years, cutting the property tax by 21% and the North and East Lubbock development project, which encourages growth in those areas.
McDougal says not everything has been perfect, but there's nothing he would change. "I'll let the citizens decide whether or not overall this council has done a good job, whether or not the decisions we've made will make Lubbock a better place."
McDougal says he'll miss city hall and the lighter side of the political spotlight, such as when he was featured on NewsChannel 11's Streets of Speed. However, McDougal says he's ready to take his place on the mayor's hall of fame.
Come Thursday, David Miller will take over as mayor, so we asked McDougal if there's any advice he would pass along. "I kind of gave David a heads up, but David's a smart guy, he doesn't need my advice. He'll learn his way around city hall."
McCougal's last day as mayor is Thursday. He tells us he has no immediate plans to return to politics, but he says he's not ruling anything out.
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