As the filing period for municipal elections opened Tuesday, three candidates cast their hats into the ring for police chief -- the first time in two decades the race has been contested -- while the former chief's wife filed to run for Ward 2 alderman. Direk Hunt, who was appointed interim chief in the wake of Keith Tarrillion's departure from the position this spring; officer Brad A. Pitts; and city code enforcement officer Joe Martin filed for city marshal. In Perryville, voters elect a city marshal to serve as police chief. Tarrillion's wife, Shannon, was among those who filed to run for alderman. Ward 1 incumbent Tom Guth, Ward 2 incumbent Curt Buerck and Ward 3 incumbent Prince Hudson are running again, and Mayor Debbie Gahan filed her intent to seek re-election. Municipal Judge Robert Hershey and city collector Lori Carroll also are seeking re-election. City Clerk Tracy Prost confirmed Tuesday that this is the first contested race for chief since 1993, when four candidates ran.
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