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Ralph Huff to serve on city council

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Former Ironton City Council member Ralph "Butch" Huff has been named to serve out the remaining one-year term of Bob Cleary who resigned earlier this year due to changes in the state's retirement system.

Huff, who has served one term on council, will be sworn in this weekend, Mayor Rich Blankenship said Friday. Huff was appointed to the seat during an Ironton City Council meeting. His first council meeting will be Jan. 10.

"I'm thrilled," said Council Chairman Mike Lutz. "I served with him before. I've always respected his decision-making process. He's an independent thinker and an outstanding citizen."

City Council had until Dec. 30 to name a replacement for Cleary who resigned Nov. 30 citing changes in the state's retirement laws. He served six years as mayor and 18 years on Ironton City Council.

Cleary said he could seek another term on council, but he has to sit out two months before seeking any office, according to retirement regulations. He said he could pick up petitions to run for office again next spring.

Council members also named Lawrence County Prosecutor-elect Brigham Anderson as Ironton city prosecutor in Ironton Municipal Court. Anderson takes no salary for the position. Council members earlier appointed his father, Mack Anderson, and his uncle, Bob Anderson as Ironton city solicitors, also at no salary.

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