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Jimmy Houston's future following primary runoff defeat

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jimmy Houston appears headed back to his old job as Chief of Police in Ridgeland, after losing a runoff bid for Madison County Sheriff.

Houston was defeated Tuesday by Republican challenger Deputy Randy Tucker.

Houston slept until 2:00 Wednesday; the day after the election, but says he has put it all behind him and is ready to move on. Earlier in the day we had encountered his former boss, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, and asked him some questions about Houston's future.

"The Chief and I have not had a conversation, he has not contacted me and I have not contacted him," Mayor McGee said. "But from my perspective, if the Chief is interested in coming back, I would certainly welcome him back. He has done a great job for the City of Ridgeland and I think he would continue to do so."

Houston says he still has some legal hoops to jump through but hopes to soon be back at his old job as Ridgeland Police Chief.

"Will you be going back to your old job a chief?"

"Well I hope so, I will be contacting the mayor sometime today (Wednesday), we will talk further," Houston said.

Houston blames his loss on a low voter turnout in the runoff election.

"It's a sad state of affairs Bert when you have got 170,000 people registered to vote, and this number turns out to vote," Houston said. "I don't know what people are thinking, it's a freedom; it's a right, it's something that's been won and they just don't vote."

Houston has a long history of working his way up from beat cop in Jackson to assistant chief, before retiring.

He has also served as police chief in Flowood before taking the job in Ridgeland.

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