Hedges selected to serve as sheriff

       Duncan Hedges has been selected to serve as the Prairie County Sheriff, filling the vacancy left by former Sheriff Bill Klunder’s retirement. The appointment, announced by the Prairie County Board of Commissioners Friday afternoon, will last through 2014, before the 4-year seat goes before voters.

     The field of candidates, which was narrowed down last week from six to three, was further slimmed down after the board received word that Larry Keltner had withdrawn his name from consideration. The third candidate under consideration was deputy sheriff Jason Smith.

     The decision was based on the “interview process, applications and accompanying material,” according to a press release issued from the office of Prairie County Attorney Garry Bunke, who worked with the board during the appointment process.

     Hedges has been offered the position with an effective date of November 25, 2013, “subject to his acceptance and subject to Mr. Hedges qualifying for the position by that time,” the press release states.

     It goes on to state, “The commissioners expressed that it was a difficult decision but opted for Mr. Hedges because of his long and extensive experience in law enforcement.”

     The board also expressed gratitude to the Town of Terry, Larry Keltner and others who helped find suitable candidates to fill the position, and to the courthouse staff for their patience and cooperation throughout the process.

     The press release concludes, “Duncan Hedges has children enrolled in the Terry Schools and is seeking permanent housing in Prairie County.”

Published October 18, 2013

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