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Central City Attorney Feels Two Newly Elected Trustees Can Serve Without Conflict

April 15, 2017

The Central City Village Attorney feels a 1999 law change eliminates any conflict for two recently elected Central City board members from serving on the village board while also serving on the Central City Grade School Board.

Both Tisha Daugherty and Blake Dukes were elected to the village board in the April 4th election after earlier being elected to serve on the Central City Grade School Board.

Attorney Tim Hudspeth researched the issue after a complaint was lodged at Central City Village Hall over the potential conflict. Hudspeth says in 1985 the Attorney General’s office found the offices of City Council and School Board incompatible. That led to a law being passed in 1999 that said there was no conflict between the two positions in towns of less than 2,500 people such as Central City.

Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner received the question first but directed village officials to their own attorney. Milner faced a similar issue himself and decided not to run for re-election to the Salem High School Board after being elected state’s attorney. He said some interpreted the law to indicate he would forfeit the state’s attorney’s position once he was sworn in for another term as Salem High School Board member. No one ran in Milner’s place on the ballot, so the SCHS board will now have to appoint a member.

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