Hamilton County Commissioners voted 5-4 this morning to keep Chief Magistrate Larry Ables in his current post after deadlocking last week.
Ables, who is currently in his third term as chief, came under fire in August after writing a letter to Sheriff Jim Hammond questioning jail staffing. Then, in an August county commission meeting, commissioners Joe Graham and Greg Beck questioned the way Ables presented his concerns.
Commissioners deadlocked 4-4 last week.
Commissioner Tim Boyd was absent at the time. He returned today and cast the deciding vote for Ables, who is commission Chairman Larry Henry's nephew.
Henry disclosed his relationship today before voting for Ables.
"I knew this body was aware of it," Henry said.
Attorney Rheubin Taylor reiterated that Henry's vote for Ables did not violate the county's ethics policy.
Commissioners Beck, Boyd, Henry, Warren Mackey and Chester Bankston voted for Ables. Commissioners Jim Fields, Graham, Mitch McClure and Fred Skillern voted for Randall Russell for chief.
Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.