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Associated Press, Published July 26 2012

Stark County sheriff says he's not to blame for high turnover

DICKINSON, N.D. — Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy says lucrative oil jobs in western North Dakota are mostly to blame for high turnover in his office.

Tuhy spoke at a Dickinson hearing on whether Gov. Jack Dalrymple should remove him from office. A Stark County Commission report described Tuhy as a bully who applies inconsistent standards to his workers.

Tuhy says he has turnover, but so do the Highway Patrol and the Dickinson police department in southwestern North Dakota. He says there's a lot of opportunity for other jobs.

The hearing wrapped up Wednesday. Dalrymple will consider its findings later.

Tuhy's attorney says it's a drastic step to remove the sheriff based on complaints from former employees. He says it should be up to Stark County voters whether Tuhy keeps on serving.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.