After weeks of controversy, Mecklenburg, N.C., commissioners in Charlotte named Chipp Bailey the county’s new sheriff yesterday, says the Charlotte Observer. The move drew cheers from dozens of sheriff’s employees and promises of political payback from opponents. Bailey, 59, succeeds Jim Pendergraph, a Democrat, who stepped down in December with three years remaining in his term.
Charlotte lawyer Nick Mackey beat Bailey in a special Democratic party election Dec. 6, but a review panel invalidated that election because precincts had been improperly organized. “Nick Mackey won this race with the rules and regulations that you guys set,” Anthony Abraham told commissioners. “For you to take it back, I honestly feel like that violates his civil rights as a black man.”