Gretchen Ezernack, who has served on the Monroe City Council since 2010, was voted to chair the council for the 2017-2018 year. She replaces Michael Echols who previously stated that he had no wish to retain the chairman position.
Ezernack represents a large business area in Monroe, District 2, which includes the area bordered on the north by Forsythe Avenue out to CenturyLink and the new Egret’s Landing Subdivision, and south to DeSiard Street and Louisville Avenue. The eastern boundary is Cypress Point Subdivision and goes west to North 19th street. Ezernack is a pro-business representative on the council. She believes that she has been a voice of reason and persistence on the City Council that has helped make growth and progress possible. With her commercial real estate background, she has given real life experience to decision making for economic progress, business and residential development.
She was placed as interim council member in 2010 to fill the unfinished term of councilman Ben Katz, who died that year. She has been re-elected twice since her interim term. Ezernack won her seat on the council in 2016 after she ran unopposed. She worked closely on the Tower-Armand connector project which brought more business development from mid-town to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the beginning of the Evangeline Street drainage project.
Last night’s meeting was packed with members of the community there to witness the council’s actions on a number of key issues from crime to allowing ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Monroe. She said that it was her baptism.
“Tonight was a baptism by fire, as they say, because there was a lot of passion tonight on several of our issues,” Ezernack told reporters last night following the meeting. This is Ezernack’s first term as council chairman.