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      Nixon appoints Hardwick to meth fighting taskforce

      Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick
      A northern Missouri sheriff has been named to a state panel on fighting methamphetamine. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment Thursday of Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick to the Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Relief Taskforce. The panel was created to administer grants to combat meth crimes. It also administers a salary supplementation fund for deputy sheriffs. Hardwick, a Republican, has been Adair County sheriff since 2009. He worked as a Kirksville police officer from 1979 to 1984 and was a state trooper in Texas from 1984 to 1992. The appointment does not require state Senate confirmation and runs until February 2015.