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Ashland Alderman Reinstated

Posted: Oct 23, 2013 12:16 PM by Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Oct 23, 2013 12:41 PM

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ASHLAND - Ashland Alderman Jeff Anderson has been reinstated to his post as the city's Ward 2 Alderman.

On October 11, Anderson filed suit against the city, stating the city, the board of alderman, and mayor did not have the authority to suspend him. Anderson's attorney, Chip Gentry, told KOMU 8 News that a Boone County judge ruled Wednesday to uphold his injunction against the city. The judge ordered the city to set aside his suspension and not interfere with his elected duties of serving Ward 2.

"He is reinstated as of October 23. The city will work with him [Anderson] just as they would with any other alderman," said Attorney Andrew Bach, who represents the city of Ashland.

Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer has been told by counsel not to talk to the news media.

The attorney representing the city, mayor, and board of alderman in the injunction suit against them, said it would be good for the city if Anderson and the city and board can continue to work together.

While Anderson's suspension has been revoked, impeachment proceedings could still go forward. At its last regular alderman meeting, the board set a November 11 date of impeachment. In order for an impeachment to be effective by then, paperwork would have to be filed 10 days prior. The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for November 5.

KOMU 8 News called Anderson and he had not returned our calls as of noon Wednesday.

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