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Marion City Council picks Barnett as next fire chief

MARION (WSIL) — Longtime Marion firefighter Tim Barnett will succeed Fire Chief Jerry Odum at the end of the year.

Marion City Council voted Monday (November 26) to confirm Tim Barnett as Marion’s next fire chief when current chief Jerry Odum retires on December 30, 2019. 

Marion Mayor Mike Absher said during the meeting that there were three candidates and it was a tough decision but felt Burnett was the best choice to lead the department.

During the council meeting the board also promoted Leo Whitehead to Captain and Chad Schmid to Lieutenant.

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