Council Deadlocks on Moving to Elected Court Clerk

The East Ridge City Council deadlocked on a vote to change the judge-appointed city court clerk position to an elected, termed position, the Times Free Press reports. The vote now has been rescheduled for Oct. 25. Supporters of the move argue the change is necessary to comply with a 2008 attorney general opinion that cities should have an elected -- not appointed -- court clerk. If the ordinance passes, the city will hold a special election to choose a new court clerk, who will serve until regular elections in August 2013.