ST. CLOUD, Minn. – After holding the position for fourteen-years, Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner stepped down Monday. Because the Stearns County Board of Commissioners was unable to name a new sheriff, Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold, whom Sanner named as his recommendation, has filled the role, but how long remains the question.
The Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved a motion on Tuesday, April 18th, to open up an application process for anyone wishing to serve. Applicants for the position have until April 28th to submit their names for consideration.
A new sheriff will be appointed by the county board by May 23rd.