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Albany County Democrats Pick Three To Replace Outgoing Sheriff

Andrew Graham, WyoFile

The Albany County Democratic Party has provided the names of three people to replace Dave O'Malley as the Albany County sheriff. Democrats picked former Sheriff's Deputy Gary Wilken, current University of Wyoming police officer Aaron Appelhans, and Laramie County District Attorney Baend Buus who lives in Albany County.

Albany County Democratic Chair Carrie Murthy noted that during public discussion prior to the selections, many people wanted to see some changes within the department and some even wanted people from outside of law enforcement to be considered. Murthy said that idea had support, but they also wanted people who'd be successful at the job. She said that will require a number of skills.

"The ability to work with the community, to listen to the community and work with the community, listen to and work with the current staff and deputies in the sheriff's office. And I think all three of these candidates have the right disposition to be able to do that, " said Murthy.

The county commissioners will interview the three candidates and then make their selection.


Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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