I too had a lot of issues with Linda, but my husband made a point that she did take over for the last sheriff and Big Jim was the authority of the counsil for years. People are following his idea's and he has been a huge part of the community for years. These are reason's I can see why no one questions him or doubts him.
I was irked with the final minutes of the cliff hanger episode. I seriously doubt anyone will be hung. I'm just waiting at this point to see Big Jim get his commupance.