Ashland city leaders want to move forward after their decision to drop impeachment proceedings against Second Ward Alderman Jeff Anderson.
Anderson was accused of abusive behavior, exceeding his authority, and casting the board in a bad light. Anderson is relieved and delighted the accusations against him last fall have been dropped.
Anderson said, â??Itâ??s one thing to go through a difficult time in your life in private in the context of your family or your friends or coworkers. To go through such a difficult time out in the public square for everybody to see, thatâ??s rough man. Itâ??s tough.â??
Anderson said he doesnâ??t have any anger in his heart toward other board members. Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer talked to each alderperson individually and they all told him they are ready for business as usual when they meet next Tuesday.
Rhorer said, â??Itâ??s behind us. Weâ??re done. We are getting to work. We are going to place work items on our agenda and we are going to get down to doing the cityâ??s business.â??
Anderson wants the city to pay about $20,000 for his legal fees. Thatâ??s in addition to about $30,000 in legal costs for the city.
Ward 3 Alderman Tony Taggart said, â??Itâ??s cost the city a great deal of money. I think it has taken a great toll on Jeff Anderson and his family.â??
There wasnâ??t much sympathy at the Ashland Senior Center when some card players found out city leaders folded on the impeachment proceedings.
Senior citizen Nancy Jo Day said, â??It was stupid. The streets are falling apart and they are spending all of this money on this impeachment because they donâ??t know how to act like grown ups.â??
The board had a split vote of 3 to 3 to continue with the impeachment proceedings.
Rhorer ended the controversy by casting the tie breaking vote.