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|Chief busy after slim election|
The job of Police Chief didn't get any easier for Danny Barber after he won a tightly contested election to the office last Saturday.
Monday, he spent most of the day rounding up potential traffic trouble makers—two donkeys.
Barber, who was elected to fill the term of a former police chief, is the unofficial winner 48-46 over C. R. "Buddy" Dear in a second runoff vote.
But, Barber was the interim Police Chief pending the election and had to chase two donkeys in and out of wooded areas Monday before making sure they could no longer get into traffic on parish roads.
The first runoff vote ended in a 36-36 tie between Barber and Dear, who were separated by a single vote in the general election in April.
Barber expressed relief at the end of a long election campaign.
"I'm glad it's over," he said.
"I worked harder this last time than either of the two times before and I want to thank all those who voted."
Barber said the total vote of 94 out of 177 Baskin voters represented an increase over past elections.
"A total of 94 votes is pretty good for our community," Barber said, "and I'm happy a number of people took the time to come out and vote."
Barber, a former Baskin Town Councilman, was appointed to fill the term of Tommy Hendry, who is currently in state prison. He was convicted of misusing the office.
Barber didn't say who the owners of the two donkeys who shattered the possibility of him savoring his election victory.
"It wasn't his fault, and besides, they didn't get too far," he said.