Early returns in Inglewood’s mayoral runoff election show that a retired police chief has unseated the veteran, incumbent mayor.

After no one received at least 50% of the vote, the top finishers went on to a runoff. At 56%, former Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts appears to be on his way to City Hall.

Butts has his work cut out for him in his four year term. City Hall has been under fire in the last year. One mayor resigned after being convicted of a conflict-of-interest charge. The city’s finances have deterroriated.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A day after polls closed in Inglewood’s mayoral race, voters appear to have given the job to a retired police chief over the incumbent, a veteran politician.

An unofficial tally released Wednesday by the Inglewood City Clerk’s office awarded former Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts Jr. 56% of the vote compared to 44% for incumbent Mayor Daniel K. Tabor in the runoff election.

Around 5,700 votes were cast Tuesday, according City Clerk Yvonne Horton, and an unspecified number of absentee provisional ballots were still to be counted Wednesday. The clerk has until Jan. 25 to have the election results certified by Inglewood’s City Council, Horton said.

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