Hood will replace Hood on Harrodsburg City Commission

February 25, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

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.


His official retirement date is Friday. How long must he wait between his official retirement and reappointment to the commission?

"Sixty seconds," replied City Attorney David Taylor. Taylor said he wanted to make clear that Hood's only reason for resigning is a technical one, meaning he could have been reappointed Tuesday evening.

"The purpose is to protect your retirement," Taylor said. "It's what you have to do."

In addition to his 28 1/2 years with the LRC, Hood taught school for a year and a half before entering law school. The minimum number of years one must work to retire from the state is 27.

Commissioner Eddie Long said he appointed Hood in 1990 and he intends to appoint Hood at the commission's next meeting. But he said his earlier appointment might not have been a good idea. "I didn't know he would defeat me in two elections," Long said.

One other fact makes it clear that Hood will serve out this term and the next one: He has no opposition in the November election. The only people to file for the four commissioner seats were the incumbents, Kevin Perkins, Jack Springate, Hood and Long. The Board of Commissioners is made up of the four commissioners and the mayor. Commissioners have two-year terms and the mayor's term is four years.

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