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Wednesday, November 7, 2001

MINER - By a slim margin, Miner residents rejected a proposal to make the position of police chief an appointed position rather than an elected one.

Residents went to the polls Tuesday to decide the matter, the only issue put to the voters in Scott County.

Unofficially, the yes votes totaled 71 while the no votes numbered 79.

"Well, I figured it would be close," Mayor Frank Tatum stated after the results were announced.

"Hearing how people talked before the election, I figured it would be split pretty even."

He stated that no matter the outcome of the election he intended to represent the city and maintain high standards at City Hall.

"We've got the best interest of the voters in mind," Tatum said.

With the defeat of the measure, it will be up to voters in April to fill the remaining three-year term left by the resignation of Tom Mitchell.

He resigned as police chief in June having put in some 18 years with the Miner Police Department and Capt. Leary Armstrong was named interim chief.

The Scott County Clerk is expected to validate the election results today.