The identity of Franklin County’s next sheriff could be decided tonight.
With Jeff Curry’s resignation Monday as the county’s top law enforcement officer, the Franklin County Republican Central Committee has been tasked with selecting a nominee to fill the position through November 2014. A convention to determine the nominee is planned for 7 p.m. today at the Church of the Nazarene, Seventh and Elm streets, Ottawa.
The event is open to the public, but only voting members of the committee will be allowed to cast ballots for the candidates for sheriff. Once a nominee is selected, the person’s name is expected to be sent to Gov. Sam Brownback, who likely then would appoint the nominee sheriff.
Curry himself was appointed sheriff using the same process in 2010, following the resignation announcement of then-Sheriff Craig Davis.
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.
The charges against Curry were dismissed Monday when the now-former sheriff agreed to enter into a 12-month diversion program.