Wayne County Sheriff Resigns Amid Turmoil

Wayne County Sheriff Resigns Amid Turmoil

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Wayne County Sheriff who lost last November's election but was reinstated after a court challenge has resigned.

Don Torgerson resigned Friday in the face of a threatened legal appeal and mounting unrest among the county's two-thousand, 500 residents.

In his letter of resignation to county commissioners, Torgerson said that continuing as sheriff was untenable without their support.

The story was reported in the Salt Lake Tribune Saturday.

After serving two terms as Wayne County sheriff, Torgerson was defeated by write-in candidate Bart Albrecht. But Albrecht wasn't qualified to take office, and a judge ruled that Torgerson be reinstated.

But the County Commission didn't support Albrecht. Commissioners said they would accept Torgerson's resignation at their meeting Tuesday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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