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Patton sworn in after mishap with previous Marion commissioner

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MARION -- Marion has a new commissioner for the second time in less than a week.

Doug Patton was sworn in Monday.

He fills the open seat left by Anthony Rinella, who became mayor after Bob Butler's retirement.

Patton wasn't the first choice, though. The council picked Monte Blue last week but realized the next day he lived just outside city limits.

Patton said his appointment was a surprise but he's ready for the job.

"I hate it for Monte. He's a very good guy, would've done fine in this position but the rules are rules and unfortunately sometimes we have to live by them although we may not like it," Patton said. "So I hate it for Monte but I'm excited about the opportunity."

Patton works for the Illinois Department of Transportation and has lived in Marion since 1967.

He previously served on the Marion city council from 2011 to 2015. He said he plans to run for a full term next year.

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