(Orange, Texas)

April 9, 2013

Runoff election set for Vinton Police Chief race

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VINTON, La. — There will be a runoff election for the Chief of Police race.

Elections were held this past Saturday across portions of Southwest Louisiana, and, in one key race, for the position of Chief of Police, a runoff election will be needed.

Incumbent Chief of Police Ricky Fox received 285 votes, or approximately 37 percent, while challenger Arthur Phillips Sr. received 255 votes, or approximately 33 percent. Another candidate, Chad Ivey Perry, received 234 votes, or approximately 30 percent of the ballots.

Since none of the candidates received 50 percent or more of the votes, a runoff election will be held between Fox and Phillips on Saturday, May 4.

Phillips stated the citizens of Vinton are ready for change based upon the voting results from Saturday, where more than 60 percent of the ballots were in favor of new candidates.

“We will continue to ask the people to join us and support a new direction for the police department,” Phillips stated. “One that puts more patrols in our neighborhoods, so that all of the people, especially our senior citizens, can feel safe in their homes. I want to bring back the trust and confidence in the Vinton Police Department citizens deserve.”