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Central City Appoints Interim Mayor

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Village of Central City appointed a new interim Mayor during a meeting of the Village Board on Monday. Board member Sharon Hietkamp was sworn in near the conclusion of the meeting, stepping into the mayor's seat, recently vacated by former mayor John Johnston, who resigned in order to become the village's Public Works director and Village Administrator. Monday's meeting was Johnston's first as village administrator. 

Hietkamp was the first female member of the Village Board and now holds the distinction of being the first female Mayor in village history.

Hietkamp says her administration will focus on making the village more appealing.

"Our goal is to keep the city clean. We're want people to be interested in moving into our town." Hietkamp said.

In the spirit of making the town more appealing, the board decided during the meeting to draft a new scrap collection ordinance for the town, scheduled to be on next months agenda.

In addition to swearing in Hietkamp as mayor, the village also appointed board member Bob Redman as Mayor Pro-Tempore as well as bid farewell to outgoing Central City Police Chief and former Villiage Administrator Mike Berger, who will retire to Florida this month after 17 years in service to the city. Police Sergeant Jim Maloy will replace him as police chief.

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