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Police Chief Resigns to Run for Meigs County Sheriff

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DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) - Decatur's police chief has resigned to continue his campaign for sheriff of Meigs County after receiving a federal notice that he can't do both.

The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens reports Jackie Melton stepped down after receiving a letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that said the Hatch Act does not allow him to stay in that job while seeking elective office.

The city's police chief for 29 years, Melton is matched against incumbent Meigs County Sheriff Walter Hickman in the Republican primary.

The law requires officials who handle federal funds to resign before seeking office.

Melton said he was unaware of the law until contacted.

Melton said he feels committed to remain in the sheriff's race.


Information from: The Daily Post-Athenian, http://dpa.xtn.net


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