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New City Councilman Andre Marshall is sworn in during Monday night's City Council meeting by City Clerk Tanya Bundy. His wife, Amanda, stands Center.

New Councilman Appointed, New Clerk Announced at Whirlwind Centralia City Council Meeting

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

2014 is proving to be a year of big changes and new faces in the City of Centralia. During a City Council meeting on Monday night, the Council appointed lifelong Centralian and accountant Andre Marshall to the City Council, taking the seat of former councilman and current Police Chief Doug Krutsinger, who stepped down at the previous meeting to take the position of police chief.

Marshall, a 36 year old auditor working for the firm of IAS, inc, has previously served on the Centralia City Grade School Board. He is a graduate of SIU Carbondale with a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration. He is married to Amanda Marshall, the principal of Schiller Grade School in Centralia and they have one daughter, Kerrington.

Marshall hopes to put his fiscal savvy to use on the council. The City of Centralia is just now recovering from a financial slide that brought the city of deficit levels several years ago. Marshall called his appointment an honor.

"I'm excited. It's fun." Marshall said, "I've always been interested in...local politics. When I was approached about filling the vacancy I considered it an honor to do so."

Marshall will serve on the council for 13 months until his seat is up for re-election in 2015.

The appointments did not stop there. Outgoing City Clerk Tanya Bundy, set to retire in April, will be training her replacement over the next several months. Mayor Tom Ashby announced the appointment of current Community Development Administrative Assistant Kim Enke to the Clerks position effective upon Bundy's retirement on April 21st.

Enke was selected for her vast knowledge of the city's management, having worked extensively with the Mayor and Council as well as the myriad of boards and commissions that make up the Centralia City Government. Her appointment will be effective for the term ending in 2015. 

In other action, the city approved the purchase of two new police vehicles. A 2014 Ford Explorer SUV was purchased from LTD Ford in Centralia for $26,021--around $400 more than the lowest bid, which was from a Greenfield, IL based dealer. City Manager Dan Ramey stressed the importance of keeping the purchase within the local community in order to support area business. The second vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger Police Interceptor, was purchased from Monken Dodge for $24,065.

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