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Post-Curry era begins after resignation

By The Herald Staff | 4/1/2013

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Jeff Curry no longer was sheriff of Franklin County.

Curry’s planned resignation became effective just hours after he appeared at Franklin County District Court for his preliminary hearing, with Undersheriff Steve Lunger temporarily becoming acting sheriff.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Jeff Curry no longer was sheriff of Franklin County.

Curry’s planned resignation became effective just hours after he appeared at Franklin County District Court for his preliminary hearing, with Undersheriff Steve Lunger temporarily becoming acting sheriff.

Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator, issued a written statement from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners following Monday’s hearing that said county officials were reaffirming their commitment to continuing to serve residents in a post-Curry Franklin County.

The county commission “looks forward to the appointment of the next sheriff and working with the next sheriff in rebuilding public trust and confidence in the sheriff’s department, and continuing to make Franklin County a safe place to live, work and raise a family,” the statement said.

Curry, who has served the sheriff’s office in some capacity since 1994, announced his resignation plans March 21 during the first hearing of the ouster proceedings filed against him after his Feb. 27 arrest by agents with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on a felony charge of interference with law enforcement and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

Appointed sheriff in 2010 and then elected in 2012, Curry’s resignation was accepted by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office, Senior Judge John E. Sanders acknowledged Monday afternoon at Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Because Curry had resigned and his resignation had been accepted by the governor, Sanders said, he dismissed the ouster civil case against the former sheriff during Monday’s proceedings.

Lunger is to serve as acting sheriff until the Franklin County Republican Central Committee appoints a nominee to fill the vacated position. The nominee must then be approved by Brownback. The Republican group has slated a convention for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and Elm streets, Ottawa, to determine the sheriff nominee.

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