East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert told members of the Pachyderm Club on Monday that anyone who holds office in the city is going to be facing numerous barbs.
"You have to have skin as tough as rhino hide," he
said at his
first meeting a citizen tried to sway him into voting a certain way by saying that is what his
deceased brother would have wanted.
He noted that all is not unity on the East Ridge Council, which often splits 3-2 on votes.
said, "Sometimes we don't do a good job of working together.
I point the finger at myself as much as anyone else."
The speaker said when he
took office as mayor at age 33 in 2010 he
was "the youngest mayor East Ridge
had ever had.
said, as a result, he
believes that caused some to try to bully him.
"You have to learn to stand your ground," he
Mayor Lambert termed himself a conservative Republican and said he thinks all five council members are Republicans.
That still does not mean they will come to agreement on a lot of items, he
told the club, "Above anything else, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.
It's what carries me through each day."
The mayor, who said he worked for a railroad association for 14 years and has been passenger sales manager at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum since the first of the year, said he was encouraged by the opening of a "major retailer" recently.
said Garden Ridge, which is in the old Kmart building, should do $8 million in sales a year and yield $150,000 in sales tax for the city.
Mayor Lambert said developer Matt Wood is still working on a development near the entrance to Camp Jordan Park.
Mayor Lambert told the group of one apparently lost opportunity by East Ridge.
said years ago a group of East Brainerd citizens came before the East Ridge
Council asking to be annexed.
said the council members studied the idea, but finally rejected it because they would have had to buy a new police car.
"That was the area that is now Hamilton Place," he