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52 apply for county deputy job

By Staff | Dec 6, 2010

Mike Gormley

Faribault County isn’t short on the number of people wanting to be a deputy.

More than 50 people have applied for a full-time position that has been vacant since October.

On Monday, Sheriff Mike Gormley and Chief Deputy Scott Adams spent nearly five hours poring over the 52 applications.

“Right now I’m scoring them, assigning point values on things such as education, law enforcement experience and computer knowledge,” says Gormley.

Adams says the applicants represent a “diverse group” from across the country.

“Some were from Minnesota, South and North Dakota. We even had a person from Georgia,” he says. “We did have some local people apply.”

The next step was to submit the applications to Central Services coordinator Brenda Ripley.

She added any “veteran preference” points to the scores of candidates who qualify.

As in the past, Adams expects 10 to 12 will be called in for interviews, which are expected to begin in the next two weeks.

Adams says he and someone from the Martin and Freeborn County sheriff’s departments will interview the candidates.

“Realistically we won’t have anyone starting until the first of the year,” Adams says.

The sheriff’s department has been working short-handed the past several months.

In July, investigator Terry Campbell was placed on paid administrative leave while authorities conducted criminal and internal probes.

Campbell was later charged in September with four felony counts of theft and a gross misdemeanor credit card fraud use involving government funds. In October, he submitted his resignation.

Meanwhile, deputy Todd Duit has not been given a medical clearance to return to work.

Duit is recovering from injuries suffered in an August motorcycle accident.

Adams says the person hired will be a patrol officer.

He says one of the current deputies likely will be moved into the investigator’s position.

Depending on experience, the salary range is $38,546 to $50,862.