City Hall shake-up in Ashland

Five Ashland officials will no longer be employees of the city.

The city of Ashland will soon see some new faces in leadership positions after a major shake-up in the administration Tuesday night.

At Tuesday night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting, Ward 2's Alderman Randy Wyatt resigned, citing a conflict involving an outsourced city contract according to City Administrator Kelly Henderson.

Ashland's mayor Michael Jackson also announced that he would be retiring in the "near future." Jackson said he's eligible for early retirement and is planning to move out of the area.

The Board of Alderman did not approve three appointed positions at Tuesday night's meeting - those of the city administrator, city attorney and police chief.

Ward One Alderman Gene Rhorer told KRCG 13 that one of the other Alderman expressed concern in Tuesday's meeting about the legitimacy of an investigation into the police chief.

The investigation and evaluation was submitted by the city administrator.

Southern Boone High School math teacher Kim Stichnote called Ashland a resilient city, and that people will step up to fill the leadership positions.

"Towns go through growing pains in which the old and the new collide and I think that any time you have that happen you have some issues that have to be worked out and things just have to change. And we're kind of in a change period," Stichnote said.

The police chief, Anthony Consiglio, and city administrator, Kelly Henderson, will both maintain their positions until the mayor appoints someone new to fill them.

City Attorney David Bandre is no longer an employee of the city effective immediately.

Two vacant alderman spots were not filled at the meeting. Those vacant seats were automatic "no" votes for the appointed positions.

Rhorer said he hopes to plan a town hall-style meeting in the near future so community members can voice their concerns and give suggestions for the future of the city.