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Marengo public works director fired after 13 years with city

MARENGO – City officials fired the Marengo public works director, ending his 13-year tenure at City Hall where he climbed the department ranks and ultimately oversaw the daily care of the city’s infrastructure.

Mayor Don Lockhart formally made the decision Thursday to terminate director Jayson Shull’s employment with Marengo.

After meeting in a closed-door session for nearly 45 minutes on Monday, city aldermen didn’t try to override Lockhart’s decision and made the termination official.

Aldermen and city administrators wouldn’t explain why Shull was fired, releasing instead a two-sentence statement to local media.

“As of April 16, 2015, Department of Public Works Director Jayson Shull is no longer employed by the City of Marengo,” the statement read.

City officials on Monday also didn’t outline the search to replace Shull as public works director. In the interim, Assistant City Administrator Josh Blakemore will oversee public works operations and City Administrator Gary Boden will oversee development and inspection services, according to the city’s statement.

Shull’s departure from City Hall came only a few days after he made his typical appearance at the council’s regular meeting April 13.

In a fairly routine manner, he presented aldermen with the contract bids for the city’s lawn mowing services and provided a brief activity report on the public works department.

Shull started at Marengo about 13 years ago, working as a manager who oversaw the city’s building inspections. He was promoted to public works director in 2011.

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