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Mar 27, 2013 4:09 PM by Ian Auzenne (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)

Turkey Creek Voters to Decide Chief Appointment Proposition

The Turkey Creek police chief could soon become an appointed position. Residents in that village will decide who selects the chief during the April 6 special election.

Currently, voters elect the village's chief under the provisions of the Lawrason Act. However, according to state law, voters in towns with fewer than 5,000 people may allow the mayor to appoint their chief with the approval of the council or board of aldermen.

In 2011, former chief Robert Moreau was arrested while in office and charged with theft and abuse of office. Moreau allegedly took items from a store and returned them to receive a refund. Investigators alleged that Moreau wore his uniform during those transactions. Moreau stepped down shortly thereafter.

If the proposition is approved by voters, the change would take effect until Chief Brad Wilson's term expires in 2014.

 

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