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Marion City Council appoints new commissioner

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MARION -- Marion city leaders held a special meeting Monday night and selected Monte Blue to fill the vacancy on the council.

The position opened up after Anthony Rinella recently took over as Marion's new mayor. Rinella gave up his seat as the financial commissioner to replace Bob Butler, who retired after more than 50 years in office.

"I'm very proud to serve my hometown," Blue said. "I was born and raised here and have business here and very proud and humbled that they thought enough of me to put me on here."

Blue was one of six candidates who made their case at the meeting.

Council members narrowed it down to two, Blue and Doug Patton. But, a couple members said Blue ultimately proved to be more than qualified. Commissioners John Goss, Jim Webb and Angelo Hightower voted yes on appointing Blue. Mayor Rinella did not cast a vote.

The retired Williamson County coroner has a background in the funeral home business for 43 years and experience balancing budgets with the school board.

He told News 3 he's planning to run for the city council in 2019, but adds he would like to see how it goes first before he can make a final decision. In the meantime, Blue wants to focus on helping lead the city.

Blue will fill the seat for the remainder of Rinella's term through April of 2019. That's when citizens will vote a mayor and four council members into office.

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