HELPER, Utah (March 17, 2013)—Ed Chavez, Jr., the new mayor of Helper, Utah, owes his position to the luck of the draw.
Chavez and Councilman Kirk Mascaro each received two votes from the council to fill the vacant position Thursday night and when it became clear the tie could not be broken, slips of paper bearing council members' votes were placed in a wicker basket.
City Attorney Gene Strate then drew Chavez's name from the basket, making him Helper's mayor.
Chavez will fill the rest of Dean Armstrong's term, which expires in January 2014.
Armstrong resigned Feb. 23, one day after he was arrested for investigation of his third DUI.
Chavez retired from the Carbon County Sheriff's Office two weeks ago after 25 years on the job.