Ashland back in business with vacancies filled

Ashland mayor Gene Rhorer confirmed that two new aldermen and a city attorney have been sworn in.

Almost a year of upheaval in this city's government may finally come to a close as two aldermen and a city attorney take their seats.

Ashland mayor Gene Rhorer confirmed to KRCG 13 Wednesday morning that two new aldermen and a city attorney were sworn in during a nearly three-hour Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night. George Campbell will fill the Ward I seat vacated by David Thomas while Jim Fasciotti will replace Ward II alderman John Hills.

Thomas and Hills resigned along with Ward III alderman Carl Long in January after impeachment proceedings against Ward II alderman Jeff Anderson were dropped. Rhorer said the board has not yet found a replacement for Long. The resignations had brought the Board of Aldermen to a standstill as there were not enough aldermen left to conduct city business.

In addition to the Board of Aldermen appointments, Fred Boeckman was appointed city attorney. Boeckman previously served as Columbia's city counselor between 1986 and 2013. Joy Ahern had served as interim city attorney after David Bandre was removed from that position in May 2013.

Rhorer told KRCG 13 he was relieved that the city was finally able to resolve its personnel problems and "get some real work done."