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More turnover in Pekin city leadership as divided council votes to oust interim city manager

Pekin City Hall
Tim Shelley
Pekin City Hall

The Pekin City Council has removed interim city manager Bruce Marston from that position, but the reasons why aren't immediately clear.

City attorney Kate Swise told the council Monday ahead of a lengthy executive session that the city human resources department prepared a summary report on Marston's alleged actions. The council voted to remove him on a 4-3 vote.

Councilman Rick Hilst suggested the move was a "political witch hunt."

Marston was appointed to temporarily fill the city manager's position after the council voted to fire Mark Rothertlast October, also for reasons that were never fully made clear. That ouster was cited by former Mayor Mark Luft as one of the reasons he declined to run for another term. He ultimately resigned months before his term ended.

Rothert is now the interim public works director in Galesburg.

WCBU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request in an attempt to find out more about the circumstances of Marston's dismissal.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.