HARRODSBURG - Veteran Harrodsburg City Commissioner Joe Hood resigned from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night; he likely will be replaced by veteran Harrodsburg City Commissioner Joe Hood at the commission's next meeting March 9.
Hood, an attorney, said he has been planning to retire from his job with the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort for some time and originally planned to leave in June, but several factors, including his pastoring of the Lancaster Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a twice-daily traffic jam caused by the reconstruction of a bridge on U.S. 127 where it crosses over Bluegrass Parkway.
Members of the City Commission participate in the state retirement system, as does the LRC, and Hood said he was told by a state retirement official that if he retires from one, he must retire from them all.
"I have to make this break," Hood said.
That does not mean, however, that he must retire from the commission for good, only that he cannot re-enter the state retirement system.