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Sallisaw now plans runoff to pick new police chief

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: February 13, 2014

SALLISAW — Sallisaw’s new police chief won’t be picked from a hat after all.

Sequoyah County election officials say a runoff election will be held April 1 after Tuesday’s contest ended in a tie. Both Terry Franklin and Sandy Girdner received 837 votes, and election officials initially said they’d draw the winner’s name from a hat.

But on Wednesday, Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said the city attorney’s office notified the board that a runoff election would be the appropriate response.

A local newspaper reports that the 837-837 vote count remains preliminary until election results are certified Friday.