OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Oxford Police Chief Joey East has qualified to run for sheriff of Lafayette County.
Mayor Robyn Tannehill says the city requires anyone running for a full-time office to take a leave of absence.
East announced his intentions to run for sheriff at a city council meeting in December 2018. His late father, Buddy East, was sheriff until his passing in September 2018.
Aldermen have appointed Maj. Jeff McCutchen to serve as the police department’s interim chief.
McCutchen will serve in this position until the November election.
McCutchen will start on Feb. 1.