Brad Cole

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Bruce Galloway tries to stay in tune with the news in his community. The Ozark citizen and businessman also serves in various leadership roles. Ask him about the recent controversy surrounding the city’s police department and Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and he’ll tell you it’s been tough, especially following the resignation and federal conviction of former sheriff Joey Kyle.

Brad Cole

A recount of nearly 10,000 ballots has confirmed Brad Cole as the winner of the election for Christian County sheriff.  

It took approximately 4.5 hours Tuesday to review the ballots from three weeks prior. 28 election judges split time to complete the recount.   

Cole’s vote total stayed the same at 3,275, according to Christian County Clerk Kay Brown. His challenger and the one who called for the recount, Ralph Phillips, did pick up one vote to net 3,272, but that still fell short.

Less than two weeks remain before Christian County voters will elect a new sheriff in a special election. The August 4th ballot will feature four candidates aiming to restore the public’s trust after former Sheriff Joey Kyle pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with each candidate to learn more.

The Christian County Commission has approved the date of a special election to replace Joey Kyle, who resigned Wednesday from his post as sheriff before pleading guilty to embezzlement and fraud.

Commissioners voted 3-0 Thursday to set the date for August 4. See the notice for countywide special election.