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Associated Press, Published August 09 2012

Stark County sheriff says dismissal of ouster attempt proves system works

BISMARCK — The Stark County sheriff says Gov. Jack Dalrymple's decision to dismiss an attempt to oust him from office is proof that the system works.

Clarence Tuhy says "everyone has learned" from the dispute, and he's planning now to stay on in his job. He's not sure if he will run for re-election in 2014.

The Stark County Commission asked Dalrymple to remove Tuhy from office. An investigator described him as a bully who was inconsistent in his treatment of employees.

There were arguments about Tuhy's training of deputies and his methods for buying sheriff's vehicles and sniper rifles.

A retired district judge who presided at a hearing on the case says Tuhy wasn't always diplomatic, but he didn't do anything to merit losing his job. And the governor agreed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.