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      Ashland gets new mayor, police chief

      This Boone County town came closer to resolving two months of leadership turmoil Thursday evening as its board of aldermen approved a new mayor and police chief.

      The board appointed First Ward Alderman Gene Rhorer, who has served as interim mayor since Michael P. Jackson resigned last week, to serve as the city's new mayor.

      Lyn Woolford, who retired from the Columbia Police Department in 2005 after 20 years on the job, will serve as the city's new police chief, replacing Anthony Consiglio.

      The board also appointed Louise Martin to serve as a First Ward Alderwoman. All three people were sworn into their respective offices after unanimous votes.

      Rhorer told KRCG 13 after the meeting Ashland still needs a city attorney and a city administrator and said the city has received numerous applications for both. He said the members of the board of aldermen are sharing the administrator's duties until a new one can be found. Rhorer said he expects to pick out a new attorney "in the next few weeks." Joy Ahern is currently serving as the interim city attorney.