COLUMBIA — Columbia won't be the only city in Boone County searching for a new mayor this coming April.
Ashland Mayor Mike Asmus is resigning from the position he has held since 2006 and said that he is moving to Austin, Texas, to be closer to his family. Asmus has served the city of Ashland since 1999 as a planning and zoning commissioner, alderman and mayor. Asmus said that he originally intended to serve out his term, but plans changed.
"I've absolutely enjoyed my time as mayor, and I've never thought of it as anything more than civic volunteering," Asmus said. "It was my way of giving back."
Ashland Alderman Matt Uhrig said that fellow Alderman Mike Jackson will take over as mayor pro tem. He said that he knows of no formal plans but believes a special election will take place in April 2010. Uhrig also said that the plan right now is to work out the election issues at the next meeting of the Ashland Board of Aldermen, which is scheduled for Oct. 20.
"Candidates will have to file with the Boone County clerk by mid-January, but because it is a special election, whoever is elected in April may have to run again in November (2010)," Uhrig said. "They would be elected to finish out Mike Asmus' term, which expires at the end of 2010."
Uhrig also said that although no one has expressed interest in running for mayor, he thinks Jackson would make a "wonderful mayor."
Ashland Alderman David Thomas said that he has heard a few rumors of possible candidates, but he declined to name names.