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Retiring Salem City Clerk Jane Marshall with Mayor John Raymer at Friday retirement reception.

Two New Salem City Councilmen To Be Seated Monday Night

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Two new Salem City Councilmen will be sworn into office Monday night.  

Jim Baity and Sue Morgan will begin four year terms, replacing Kip Meador who was defeated during the April 9th election and Steve Huddlestun who did not seek re-election.  

The council will also recognize City Clerk Jane Marshall on her retirement, effective May 10th.  She has worked at Salem City Hall for 41 years, the last 16 years as city clerk.  Marshall was honored at a reception by city employees on Friday.  

Marshall noted some of the biggest changes in city government over the past four decades have been with the computers.  "When I started it was like a big humongous keyboard and you had to input everything.  It was more like a calculator type computer.  Then we moved up so we were still using the cards and putting in a lot of the information compared to what we have today where everything is pretty much computerized," said Marshall. 

Marshall plans to remain active in Keep Salem Beautiful, do more work for her church, as well as spending more time with her grandchildren and traveling.  

Mayor John Raymer thanked Marshall for her work, noting it was the city clerk who was the glue to keep the city together during times of transition to new councils, mayors  and city managers.  Raymer wants to keep Marshall involved with all of the city's volunteers.  "There are so many people who volunteer to make our city beautiful, the Daffy Dill Garden Club, the U of I people, the Community Garden people.  We want to make sure that we can continue to know that those people want to serve and hopefully keep Jane in some capacity as our volunteer coordinator," said Raymer.

The council will be asked to approve Bev West as the new City Clerk at Monday night's meeting.  The appointment would be effective May 10th, Marshall's last day of work.  

There will be a reception at five tonight to thank the outgoing city council members and welcome the new members as well as introduce the city's new Economic Development Director Jeannie Gustafson who is beginning work in her new job Monday. 

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