Mayor Demuzio dies, special meeting Oct. 22

Mayor Demuzio dies, special meeting Oct. 22

The Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat was notified Tuesday, Oct. 20, by city clerk Carla Brockmeier that Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio died.

The following statement was sent by Brockmeier Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. “With deep sorrow and regret, we share the passing of Mayor Demuzio on October 20, 2020. Mayor Demuzio has served the city of Carlinville as mayor for the past 7 1/2 years. Her dedication to her position as mayor was beyond compare. We are extremely saddened with word of her passing and we will miss her leadership along with daily conversations. Please keep her family in your thoughts.”

Carlinville Alderman Doug Downey, first elected to the City Council in April 2013, recalled her tenure with the city.

“I have served just as long as Deanna has as mayor, as she’s the one that initially asked me to run along with her as alderman,” Downey said. “I’ve known her for multiple, many years, over 20 years. I worked with her on the senate campaign when she was senator. But she, as far as from position as mayor of the city, she has guided the city in a positive direction as far as some major infrastructure projects that are going to be occurring. She has always been a good leader, a good communicator to me, always included me on and asked me for my opinions, you know, on anything that concerned the city. She was well respected within the community, and the state. She has just done a marvelous job of trying to lead the city in the direction that she thought was a positive direction. I am very saddened to hear her passing.”

No cause of death was provided.

There will a special City Council meeting Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. to choose an acting mayor to serve out the remainder of the term, which expires in May 2021.

To read the full story on Demuzio’s death, with reaction from local leaders, pick up a copy of the Oct. 22. An obituary will be posted when it becomes available.