Update: October 10, 2013 5:15 p.m.
In matter of 24 hours, Ashland??s mayor changed his mind about quitting his job.
Gene Rhorer withdrew his resignation and returned to work.
Rhorer made his decision after his city has seen 6 resignations during the past 5 months. In his letter to the city clerk, Rhorer said withdrawing his resignation letter was the right thing to do after getting many calls from citizens. Rhorer was only named Mayor of Ashland in July following the resignation of Michael P. Jackson. Rhorer resigned after a meeting where board members approved the impeachment of suspended Alderman Jeff Anderson. The reason behind the alderman??s suspension has not been made public. Citizens at the Ashland Senior Center expressed frustration with their city's government and want changes.
Vee Fasciotti said, ??My elected officers did not act as I hoped they would. I don??t think that they have the good of the city in mind. I think we are the laughing stock of the whole area.??
Louise Dusenbery said, ??It??s ridiculous. They are not acting like grown people and professional people. They are acting like 6-year-olds.??
Ashland city government has seen the resignation of 2 mayors, 2 aldermen and the loss of a city administrator, city attorney and police chief. All those positions have been permanently filled except for the city attorney job.
Ashland City Administrator Josh Hawkins started his job just 2 days ago. Hawkins said that everyone in Ashland city government is focused on their jobs and doing them well.
The mayor of Ashland has changed his mind about resigning.
Mayor Gene Rhorer submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday after less than three months on the job.
Today, Mayor Rhorer submitted the following letter to the City:
??I would like to withdraw my resignation letter for the City of Ashland Mayor dated October 9, 2013. After many calls from citizens, I feel it is the right thing to do for the community.??
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