Ashland Alderman Files Case Against City of Ashland

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ASHLAND - Suspended Ashland Alderman Jeff Anderson filed an injunction against the Ashland Board of Alderman on Friday October 11. Anderson has filed for a temporary grant requiring he be reinstated as the alderman for Ward 2. Anderson claims he was suspended without the proper hearing to give reason for his suspension. The city of Ashland has seen six resignations in the last five months.

Here is a time line of events:

  • Anderson was elected in April 2013.
  •  September 16, 2013 the Board of Aldermen and Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer met in a closed session without Anderson present.
  • After the closed session the Board of Aldermen wrote Anderson a letter notifying him of his suspension.
  • Oct 1, Anderson attended a special meeting but nothing was resolved.
  • Oct 9 Mayor Rhorer submitted letter of resignation.
  • 24 hours later Rhorer withdrew his letter of resignation.
  • Oct 11 Anderson filed case against City of Ashland.

The supporting documents stated, "Because there is no statute, ordinance, rule, etc. authorizing the City of Ashland to suspend an elected official, any such suspension is done in violation of the rights of Relator (Anderson)."

Anderson noted he seeks a date for trial no later than October 15.

The Ashland Board of Alderman asked Anderson to resign, but wouldn't tell him or KOMU 8 News why.

A court hearing has been scheduled on October 21.