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Former Santa Monica Police Chief Wins Final Tally for Mayor of Inglewood  

By Lookout Staff

January 20, 2011 -- The final count is in, and James T. Butts has clearly won the title of Mayor-Elect of Inglewood.

The City Clerk released its completed tally Tuesday, showing 3,776 votes for Santa Monica's former Chief of Police Butts against 3,000 garnered by his opponent, Inglewood's Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Tabor.

“The people have spoken,” Butts told the LookOut last week. “I think it's great news for me and great news for the City of Inglewood.”

Promising his city a “new direction,” Butts said the city now had “someone qualified and competent” to lead it.

Butts and Tabor squared off in a two-man race after none of the candidates in June's mayoral election won enough votes to declare victory.

An $18 million dollar deficit will top the list of the new mayor's concerns. “Sustainable development,” infrastructure renewal and the public school are also “core issues,” Butts told the LookOut earlier this month.

Butts comes to his position after a stint managing police and security operations at Los Angeles World Airports.

His years of public service began with nearly two decades working for the Inglewood Police Department, where he rose to the rank of deputy chief, a position he left in 1991 to become Santa Monica's Chief of Police.


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