Three Finalists for Sheriff Position
Three applicants will move on as finalists for the interim Stearns County Sheriff appointment. Originally, thirteen people applied for the position.
Following a brief meeting this morning by the Stearns County Board of Commissioners, the Board unanimously agreed on the three finalists. They are:
Bruce Bechtold, Stearns County Chief Deputy
David Bentrud, Waite Park Police chief
Don Gudmundson, Retired Dakota County Sheriff
The final three candidates will be interviewed next Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by the Board of Commissioners. Commissioners plan to make the appointment the following week, at their Board of Commissioners Meeting on May 23, 2017.
Sheriff John Sanner retired his position in April, requiring the Board of Commissioners to appoint someone to fill out the remainder of his term. The person appointed will serve through 2018, at which time voters in the November election will decide the next Sheriff.