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Rinella becomes Marion's first new mayor in five decades

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MARION -- For the first time in more than five decades, Marion has a new mayor.

Commissioner Anthony Rinella officially took over as mayor of Marion Thursday starting a new era for the city.

"Of course I could stand up here and say the old political cliche, 'I want to bring in jobs,'" Rinella said. "Well I do want to bring jobs. I want to bring in sustainable jobs to Marion, ones that a family can live on."

Rinella has been acting mayor for the past couple months after Bob Butler announced his retirement.

Rinella said there's no replacing a man who had been the mayor since 1963.

"I'm not going to fill Bob Butler's shoes," Rinella said. "That's a legacy you can't fulfill. I'm going to be Anthony Rinella."

Commissioner John Goss works with Rinella on the city council. He believes Rinella will continue Butler's legacy.

"He has convinced me that the only thing he has in mind is what's best for the city," Goss said, "That's the same thing that Butler had. It's the same thing we all should have."

Goss said he grew up with Butler as mayor so it'll be a tough void to fill.

"But Anthony Rinella is ready for the job," Goss said. "I really believe he can do it."

Rinella will serve the remainder of Butler's term and he plans to run for election in April 2019.

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