Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 6, 2013

Police officer resigns

By Michael Schaffer
Managing Editor

---- — Tonight the Centerville City Council during a regular meeting at City Hall will consider accepting the resignation of a Centerville Police Department officer and look at the possibility of hiring two new officers.

Shaun Houser announced his intention to resign from the police force in a letter sent to Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry dated April 18. Houser's resignation went into effective Friday, May 3.

"I would like to take the time to thank you for the past thirteen years I have spent working for the citizens of Centerville," Houser said. "During my career with the Police Department I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most outstanding law enforcement officers in the state of Iowa and will take many life lessons and memories with me."

Demry, in a request to be added to tonight's council agenda, states Houser accepted a position with Rathbun Rural Water.

Demry's agenda request states he plans to hire two officers. Angela Widmer and Bryan Baum were the top two candidates from a certified Civil Service list and will be offered the position. Both are tentatively scheduled to start May 20.

Other business before the council includes two agenda items dealing with the Safe Routes to School project.

The SRTS project consists of 8/10's of a mile long six-foot wide concrete sidewalk on South Main Street from Cottage Street to Lane Street. The project is estimated to cost $344,400 with Centerville kicking in $84,800.

Construction on the SRTS project is expected to start in September and finish by December.

The city of Mystic has put in a request to use Centerville's street sweeper. Mystic wants to use the sweeper for approximately two hours to sweep Main Street and they indicated they are willing to pay for its use.

The council will consider hiring a swimming pool manager.

Joyce Bieber, executive director Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, is on the agenda to give the Tourism annual report and talk about other business.

The council will consider the LOSST committee's recommendation to distribute unspent and returned railroad funds.

Mayor Jim Senior will present the Citizen of the Month award.

Senior is expected to give an update on the search for a city administrator.