Next week, the City of Dothan will have a new mayor.
Mike Schmitz says he's ready to take on the challenge of leading the city for the next 4 years.
Schmitz has all the emotions and feelings you'd expect from a newly-elected mayor.
He's excited, nervous, and anxious, just to name a few.
But he says he's done with waiting, he's ready to start serving as the mayor of the City of Dothan.
“I’m excited and nervous because I got a lot to learn, there's a lot I don't know but I’m looking forward to learning and going forward,” said Schmitz.
Dothan voters chose Schmitz as their next mayor in last July’s municipal elections.
He says since then, he's been doing his homework on what it takes to lead the circle city.
“Ever since I got elected, I've been down at city hall everyday so they've been really great I’ve met with all the department managers, the city manager, and have gone out and talked to many of the employees. I have a good feeling about this challenge.”
Schmitz says he realizes the importance of his new job, but knows you can't please everyone.
“It's a big responsibility and whatever decisions we make, folks aren't going to be happy and we have a proud tradition with telling the mayor about how unhappy we are,”
“Well what's funny is a lot of them come up to me and say ‘well I voted for you so you're going to do this’ but I don’t think that's the way it works. They're excited for me and I hope we keep it that way,”
The mayor-elect foresees the current economic crisis as his biggest challenge.
“It's tough economic times and that's going to dictate a lot of our decisions. Ya know the sewage plant has to be done, the landfill we have to do, the water issues we have to do,”
All issues aside, the long-time Dothan resident says he's got what it takes to do the job.
“I've been in Dothan a long time and I have a good feeling about what's going on. I’m actually really looking forward to it and excited for the job,”
Schmitz defeated Dothan city commissioner Keith Seagle with 86% of the vote to claim the mayor's office.
Schmitz notched more than 11,000 votes, while Seagle garnered less than 2,000 votes.
Schmitz will be sworn-in to the office of mayor on September 29, Tuesday morning.