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Sheila Maerz has been appointed director of human resources for the city of Springfield. Maerz was formerly personnel/risk manager for the city of Joplin. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has both public- and private-sector experience managing such issues as employee relations, teams, compensation, benefits coordination, safety and health, training and risk management.

Gary Nodler has been selected to fill the newly created position of executive director at the Monett Chamber of Commerce. Nodler has experience in private business as well as in government including work with former U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the President's Economic Policy Council under former President George Bush.

Pauline E. Gage has been hired as project manager of the Monett Downtown Betterment Group Inc. Gage will oversee the group's revitalization program for the downtown including retention and recruitment efforts for retail in Monett's downtown area and oversight of the Neighborhood Assistance Program and Neighborhood Improvement District. She has a background in entrepreneurial and corporate business, including five years of experience with the chamber.

Patrick Deaton has been named circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit Court of Greene County by Gov. Mel Carnahan. Deaton practices law in Springfield and holds a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in addition to his master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, JFK School of Government.

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