CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Less than a week from the deadline for applications, just half a dozen people have entered the running for the Iron County sheriff's job.
The position came open last month after former sheriff David "Dude" Benson resigned as part of a plea agreement to avoid jail time. Benson was charged with obstruction of justice and misuse of public money.
He allegedly cashed more than 18-thousand dollars in checks written out to the sheriff's department.
Since Benson was a Republican, his replacement must also be one. They'll also have to be a registered peace officer to qualify for the job.
The Iron County Republican Party central committee will decide on October Seventh who they'll recommend to replace Benson.
They'll forward the recommendations to the Iron County Commission, who will ultimately pick the new sheriff.
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