Centralia City Council meeting

April 30, 2019

By Cathy Stuehmeier

On Monday, April 22 during the regular Centralia City Council meeting, a number of Centralia firemen were saluted which included a longtime member, promoting two firefighters and adding one to its ranks as well as saying thank you to retiring Doug Burge for more than 34 years of service with the Public Works Department along with a proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and for Centralia Elks Lodge #493 who have raised $3.5 million to help Centralia and surrounding communities.

Pictured above: Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby, center, presents a plaque to retiring City worker Doug Burge. Facing the Mayor and recognizing Burge’s over 34 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Centralia are, to the left, Centralia Councilmen Bill Smith and Howard Jones; to the right, Councilmen Andre Marshall and Judge David Sauer.

Doug Burge.
Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby, left, thanks retiring Captain Michael Calabrese for his 28 plus years of service to the Centralia Fire Department. Ashby pointed out that not only was Captain Calabrese a professional but was always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he said the Captain will be missed.
Pictured are new Centralia Fire Department Captain Michael Geisinger to the left, with his fiance Emily, center, as Centralia City Clerk Kim Enke administers the oath of office.
Pictured is Scott Wiesen who was promoted from firefighter to lieutenant. He joined the CFD in mid-July 2005, having previously been a member of the Hopkinsville, Kentucky Fire Department. Pictured with Wiesen is wife Jennifer, center and Centralia City Clerk Kim Enke.
Pictured is Drake Tate joining the ranks as he takes the oath of office as a firefighter with the Centralia Fire Department. He is joined by wife Lexi, center, and Centralia City Clerk Kim Enke.