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Marysville swears in new mayor, city council members

Mayor Wayne Pyden
New Mayor Wayne Pyden takes the oath of office before deputy city clerk Rene Stoia.

Oaths taken as part of council organization meeting

By Jim Bloch

Marysville wastes little time installing its new elected officials in the wake of a city election.

Six days after the Nov. 5 election, Deputy City Clerk Rene Stoia swore in new mayor Wayne Pyden, new city council member Shawn Winston and reelected council members Kathy Hayman and Paul Wessel.

Each candidate promised to support the U.S. Constitution, the Michigan Constitution and the Marysville City Charter, to carry out the duties of their office to the best of their abilities and endeavor to administer city affairs honestly and efficiently.

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Pyden hugged Stoia after signing his oath.

“I asked her beforehand!” Pyden told the audience of friends and family, including immediate past mayor Dan Damman and his wife Therese.

The new officials recited their oaths of office as part of the standard organizational meeting that marks the inauguration of a new council, held Nov. 11.

The new council unanimously accepted the Board of Canvasser’s report certifying the election results of Nov. 5.

Council member Kathy Hayman
Council members elected Kathy Hayman as mayor pro tem.

The council elected Kathy Hayman as mayor pro tem via a secret paper vote.

“I am seeking this position,” said Hayman ahead of the vote. “For the past two years, I’ve held this position and I’ve represented the mayor and city honorably and to the best of my ability.”

“The new mayor pro tem is Kathy Hayman,” announced Stoia after tabulating the votes.

The council adopted the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order and the Marysville Citizen’s Participation Guide to conduct its business.

One new bank, Flagstar, joined the list of depositories for city funds, which includes, Chase, Chemical Ban, Eastern Michigan Bank, Fifth Third, Advia Credit Union, Genisys Credit union, Wells Fargo Advisors, JP Morgan Securities, Northstar Bank and Comerica Securities.

The council reappointed Fletcher, Fealko Shoudy and Francis, P.C. as city attorney and chief negotiator of union contracts and various grievances.

Council Rep. Shawn Winston
New council rep Shawn Winston takes the oath of office in Marysville, Nov. 11.

“Thank you, council,” said attorney Al Francis.

Stewart, Beauvais & Whipple, P.C. will continue as the city’s auditing firm.

City Manager Randy Fernandez was reappointed as the city’s street administrator.

“What does that entail?” asked council member Dan Shirkey.

Basically making sure that there are sufficient monies available to pay for contracted road work, said Fernandez.

The council reappointed Hayman to the police officers and firefighter’s pension board.

“It’s a learned thing,” said council member Dave Barber, who was reappointed to the general city employees pension board. “It’s good year before you’re comfortable at their meetings.”

Council reappointed Shirkey and Wessel to the recreation board; Pyden and council member Greg Badley to the planning commission; Fernandez as a voting member and secretary of the planning commission; reappointed Shirkey and appointed Winston to the business council; reappointed Fernandez as the liaison to the chamber of commerce; Fernandez as a voting member of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County; and Pyden as the city’s rep and Hayman as alternate the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

The council renamed seven firms as consulting engineers for the city: BMJ Civil Engineers; Hubbell, Roth & Clark; Huron Consultants; Environmental Consulting & Technology; Project Control Engineering, Inc.; and Fleis & VandenBrink.

The council reappointed Becket & Raeder and the Spicer Group as the city’s professional planners.“Let’s get to work,” said Barber.

Jim Bloch is an award-winning freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. He writes about the environment, local politics, art, music, history and culture. Contact him at

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