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Clerk and Treasurer to continue to be elected posts

The positions of clerk and treasurer in Constantine will continue to be elected by village residents.

A special vote Tuesday on whether to adopt an ordinance to change the current method yielded a result of 86 people against the measure to 42 in favor of the proposal. The turnout represented 8 percent of the village’s 1,569 registered voters.

The village clerk and treasurer are paid $3,500 each and are not voting members of the council. They are elected to two-year terms, which expire in November 2014.

Proponents of the plan said the measure would have ensured qualified candidates are interviewed and chosen by the seven-member council. Opponents, meanwhile, said the idea would have given the village council too much political authority in who it selects.