Sallisaw to Vote on New Police Chief

Sallisaw voters will head to the polls Tuesday (April 1) to decide the tiebreaker between two potential police chiefs.

The two candidates, Terry Franklin and Sandy Girdner, tied in an election last month, following the resignation of the former police chief.

“I want to be the chief,”┬ásaid candidate Terry Franklin. “That’s always been a desire of mine. I’ve worked here for 25 years.”

Early voting in the election began March 28.

Originally, to break the tie board members were going to draw a name out of a hat, but they decided to hold a special election instead.

“One of the biggest things about voting for me is my honesty and integrity, ” said candidate Sandy Girdner.

The winner of the election will be sworn in on April 10 and will officially take over the position of police chief on April 14.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.