Louisiana’s new mayor has his sights set on job growth and infrastructure improvements.
Bart Niedner says those two topics will be among his focuses as he embarks on a four-year term. The 46-year-old business owner took the helm from outgoing mayor Tom Wallace on Monday.

Niedner said industry and tourism must be aggressively pursued and that Louisiana’s assets must be exploited. He also would like to see better planning for expensive projects and more transparency in city government. Niedner was a city councilman who defeated four other mayoral candidates in the April 8 election. The job pays just under 61 hundred dollars a year.

Three newly-elected council members also were sworn in Monday, along with incumbent Councilman Chuck Hoffman.