State's highest court issues ruling about Okolona town marshal election

The Mississippi Supreme Court handed down a ruling over a special election for Okolona town marshal.

Posted: Feb 1, 2019 10:04 AM
Updated: Feb 1, 2019 1:44 PM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Supreme Court handed down a ruling over a special election for Okolona town marshal.

However, what comes next is the question.

The town marshal position is equivalent to a police chief.

The state's highest court said a special tribunal was correct to order a special election after some votes were determined to have been illegally cast.

The order prevented William Randle, Jr. from running in the special election. He won the Democratic primary originally in the race.

Tommie Ivy, Sr. was declared the winner of the special election and Randle filed suit.

Justices said the tribunal was incorrect not to allow Randle to run and sent that part of the election decision back to the tribunal for further consideration.

City Attorney Gene Barton said he will talk with the board of aldermen before issuing a statement about the matter. 

The next board of aldermen meeting is scheduled for Feb. 12.

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