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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's Edna Berger's first week in office, and she is so busy that WDRB News could only catch up with her for a few minutes outside City Hall, although in that time it was easy to see how being the mayor of Elizabethtown has changed her life.
"There's a meeting scheduled every 30 minutes. It's been wonderful and exciting, but it's really been different for a semi-retired lady," said Berger.
It's different perhaps because of the tragic circumstances in which Berger took office. The retired businesswoman, who was still serving on the City Council, stepped up to lead her community after the sudden heart attack and passing of Tim Walker: "Maybe a little more, whole lot more than I expected, but it will be great, and you know I've got to go," explained Berger.
A month after Walker's death, Berger's playing catch-up with more meetings than she has minutes. "Department heads, and city employees, and of course, the citizens," explained Berger.
From City Hall Berger, rushed off to tour Flex Film. The India-based packaging manufacturer just created a hundred new jobs, right after opening a $100 million plant in Elizabethtown.
Louisville's former "Mayor for Life" was also on the tour, and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson offered Berger his own words of advice: "To listen, everybody's got great ideas. Yours are not always the best, but if you listen you can learn," advised Abramson. "If you learn, you can ultimately make the difference in a positive way for the future of your community."
Berger says E-town's future will follow Mayor Walker's vision of job creation and downtown development. "The goal is to finish Mayor Walker's term as he would have as close as I possibly can," said Berger.
Walker's term has 18-months left on it, and in Berger's first week in office, she has already decided whether to run for her own. "Absolutely no," said Berger.