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Mineral County without a Sheriff

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MINERAL COUNTY -

Mineral County Sheriff, Tom Bauer resigned earlier this week.

It comes just two weeks after the Mineral County Jail was forced to close because of a shortage of detention officers.

Mineral County Commissioners said Undersheriff Mike Boone will serve as the sheriff for now.

As for residents said they are concerned, but understand the job is not an easy one.

Mineral County Sheriff, Tom Bauer resigned without explanation, that's according to Mineral County Commissioner Chairmen, Roman Zylawy.

"He came to the door and handed me a piece of paper and then turned, walked away. The piece of paper just said ‘To whom it may concern, I Tom Bauer resign my position as Mineral County Sheriff,’” said Zylawy.

Bauer's resignation came as a shock to all of the Mineral County Commissioners.

Especially, because Bauer recently mentioned he had plans to run for re-election.

Otherwise, it was a shock to residents too and the news was unsettling.

"It seems like Mineral county going through some really tough times right now. It's a time where we need managers, who are experienced and business minded. I kind of understand why Tom would resign. Positions, like this, I think often turn out to be a lot more work than anyone elected to it anticipates,” said Kierstine Locke, Mineral County local.

"Well, I'm shocked that the sheriff quit. But I understand there had been a lot of problems with the sheriff’s office. I’m sorry to see someone go…hopefully, they can find someone who is qualified to take over the position,” said Gretchen Webb, Mineral County local.

A qualified candidate can be appointed by county commissioners to fill the role.

An election for the Mineral County Sheriff won't take place until next November.

As for the jail, commissioners expect it to be running again in December.

Commissioners have been working with a jail committee that's been offering advice on how to better run the jail. 

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