Long-time Island Pond constable ousted

03/05/08 6:06AM By Charlotte Albright

The Northeast Kingdom town of Brighton and its village of Island Pond has replaced a constable who had been criticized for scaring away tourists with his radar gun.

Ted Miller lost by 48 votes to a challenger who is half his age and has no law enforcment experience.

The winner was Darrin ``Bucky'' Tardif, who says he's excited about the prospect of getting law enforcement training and opening a new chapter in Island Pond.

Miller says he was surprised by the defeat because he thought he had been doing the job his constituents hired him to do. 

But he also acknowledges that his opponent was backed by some powerful local merchants, and mounted a well organized challenge.

While he looks forward to spending more time with his family, he'll also continue to work part-time for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Tardif says if he sees speeders, he'll stop them. But he says he won't be running his radar gun every day.

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