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May 9, 2013

Mayor names McMurry Citizen of the Decade

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior awarded Enfys McMurry, of Corydon, not the Citizen of the Month but the Citizen of the Decade award Monday night during the City Council meeting at City Hall.

McMurry is the author of "Centerville: A Mid-American Saga," a book that compiles approximately 100 years of Centerville history into one softcover.

Senior declared McMurry, a native of Wales, an honorary Centerville resident.

McMurry said Centerville is like no other town in the United States. She called Centerville "an obsession of her life."

The Centerville City Council Monday night at City Hall accepted the resignation of police officer Shaun Houser, which went into effective May 3. Houser, on the Centerville Police force for 13 years, accepted a position with Rathbun Rural Water.

Police Chief Tom Demry said Houser will be sorely missed.

Chief Demry said he wants to hire two new officers but his department will need some financial support from the school district to fund the now vacant school resource officer position. If the school district doesn't come up with funding, Chief Demry said he would only be able to hire one officer.

The council granted Chief Demry's request to hire two new officers.

Chief Demry has picked Angela Widmer and Bryan Baum, the top two candidates from a certified Civil Service list, to hire. Both are scheduled to start May 20.

"All of our applicants were really good but these two really kind of worked their way to the top," Chief Demry said.

Houser, who was on the drug task force, will have that position filled by a current police officer and one of the new hires will fill in at patrol while the other fills in the vacant school resource officer position.

Baum is from the Ottumwa area, played baseball at Indian Hills Community College and has worked for some time at the Appanoose County Jail, Chief Demry said.

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