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Nathan Bowe, Forum Communications, Published November 14 2012

Becker County appoints veteran deputy to take over sheriff's term

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Chief Deputy Kelly Shannon has been appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.

The Becker County Board made the unanimous appointment on Tuesday.

Shannon has 29 years of law enforcement experience, with nearly 10 years at Becker County.

Prior to joining the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Shannon served as the Frazee police chief.

He began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a deputy with the Otter Tail County boat and water division.

Shannon was a deputy for the Richland County, N.D., Sheriff’s Office and also attended the North Dakota Law Enforcement Academy in Bismarck.

Commissioner Barry Nelson said the county has looked into it and no members of the sheriff’s office, including Shannon, are under investigation.

Gordon has said that he is the subject of a BCA investigation, apparently involving a DNR boat and water grant to Becker County.

“I think we’ve covered the bases and are ready to move forward,” said Board Chairman Larry Knutson.

Gordon was elected to a four-year term in 2010, so Shannon will serve until the end of 2014, when he plans to retire.

“Whoever is interested in it (running for sheriff) now will have two years to set the groundwork and get prepared,” said Nelson.

Knutson agreed, and said “I’m glad we have a qualified candidate that is not interested in the job on a permanent basis.”

“I’d like to see us move forward and appoint Kelly,” said Commissioner Don Skarie.

Commissioner John Okeson agreed. “There was some interest (in the position from others) early on, but nothing in the last two weeks,” he said.

Shannon’s salary was set at $87,245, the pay grade recommended for his responsibilities.

He must post a $5,000 bond with the state “conditioned that the sheriff will well and faithfully in all things perform and execute the duties of the office, without fraud, deceit or oppression,” according to state law.