Former Jasper Mayor Jim McCorkle, the subject of a protection order obtained by current Mayor John Rodebush, filed Tuesday as a write-in candidate for the Jasper City Council East Ward seat. McCorkle served as mayor between 1999 and 2001.
The full protection order, which is in place for six months, was issued Jan. 4 in Jasper County Circuit Court by Judge Steve Carlton. Rodebush claimed he had been harassed by McCorkle, who has been critical of Rodebush's actions as mayor.
The restraining order would not have any effect on McCorkle's ability to sit on the council since Carlton's order clearly differentiated between contact connected with Rodebush's governmental activities and what happens outside of City Hall.