City attorney resigns, cites health reasons

The Ashland City Council accepted City Attorney Richard Appicello's resignation on Tuesday night. Appicello cited health reasons as the cause of his departure.

Although his last day is officially Dec. 15, Appicello was out of his office today and will not be returning, city officials said. Appicello accrued vacation time that he had not yet been able to take, so he elected to use some of it between now and Dec. 15, said city of Ashland Human Resources Director Tina Gray.

Reached by cell phone, Appicello declined to comment.

"I am grateful for Richard's service to our community and wish him the very best in his future endeavors," Mayor John Stromberg said in a statement Wednesday. "We hope to have someone in place early next year. In the meantime, the city will hire additional outside counsel to help the assistant city attorney with the existing workload."

Appicello began his service to the city of Ashland in September 2006. During that time, he served first as assistant city attorney and then was promoted to city attorney in December 2007.

Megan Thornton is assistant city attorney.

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