- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) - After Tuesday’s election ended in a tie, the new police chief in an eastern Oklahoma town will be picked from a hat - literally.

Capt. Terry Franklin and Lt. Sandy Girdner were both running to become police chief in Sallisaw, a town of about 8,800 people along Oklahoma’s border with Arkansas. But Tuesday’s election ended in a tie with both candidates receiving 837 votes apiece.

The Sequoyah County Election Board meets Friday to certify the vote. Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn tells the Southwest Times Record (https://bit.ly/1iOOUGK ) that the winner’s name will be drawn from a hat if the vote count remains tied after Friday’s certification. A special meeting will be set for later this month for the official name draw.


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