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GOP sets tentative vote on sheriff

By The Herald Staff | 3/25/2013

The Franklin County Republican Central Committee is planning a public convention to nominate the county’s next sheriff following Jeff Curry’s Thursday announcement that he plans to resign from the post.

The meeting tentatively is set for 7 p.m. April 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and Elm streets, Ottawa. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback must first accept Curry’s resignation before the committee can move forward with a sheriff nomination, spurring the tentative nature of the convention. As of Monday afternoon, Brownback’s office had not yet received the letter, Jeff Richards, chairman of the Republican committee, said.

The position is open to all Republican applicants and no formal list of candidates for the position has yet been made, Cathy McClay, the GOP group’s vice chair, said.

“We’re in a holding pattern right now,” McClay said Monday.

Curry’s resignation is set to take effect 5 p.m. April 1, with Undersheriff Steve Lunger handling the sheriff’s office’s operations until a new sheriff is nominated by the Republican Central Committee and appointed by the governor.

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