Local Mayor Resigns

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber is resigning to take a fundraising job with an area college.

Baber wouldn't name the college, but said it's close by.

The 56-year-old says that with two children entering college this fall, he couldn't resist the well-paying job offer.

He says an impeachment effort against him had nothing to do with his decision and insists that if it weren't for his family, he'd stay and -- quote -- "slug it out with them."

The first-term mayor's resignation is effective on September 3rd, the day before a three-judge panel in Nicholas County Circuit Court is to hear the impeachment allegations.

The impeachment effort is led by City Recorder James Myles Caldwell, who got into a scuffle with the mayor in April at City Hall. Baber was charged with simple assault and Caldwell with assault and battery.

Baber said today that the prosecutor told both city officials in June that the charges would be dismissed if they could stay away from each other for six months -- which they agreed to do.

Under the city charter, Caldwell will take over as mayor upon Baber's resignation. Caldwell declined to comment today.

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