FARMINGTON — The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has a new tribal chairman.

Clement J. Frost took the oath of office on Thursday after being elected to the position in a special election on Wednesday.

He took 33 percent of the votes in a race against tribal members Matthew James Box, Joycelyn Peabody Dutchie, Kevin R. Frost, Barbara Scott-Rarick and Shelly L. Thompson.

The special election was held to fill the seat of late Chairman Jimmy R. Newton who died in March of an undisclosed illness.

Frost will serve the remainder of Newton's term until the tribe holds its regular election in November for chairman and two tribal council member seats.

Frost previously served as tribal chairman from 1997 to 2000 and from 2005 to 2008.

He has selected tribal council member Mel Baker to serve as vice chairman.