Special election set to replace Schuyler County sheriff

July 2014 photo by John Garlock

A date is now set for a special election to find a replacement for former Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole.

Dole's resignation was effective July 31, 2014.

While he was sheriff, the 30-year-old Dole of Glenwood was charged in July with five felony counts: three charges of permitting escape and two charges of tampering with a witness.

He is accused of taking inmates to local bars with him and having them do work at his home.

After the former sheriff was arrested, Schuyler County commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Luis Perez acting sheriff.

Perez will serve as acting sheriff until a new sheriff is elected.

Schuyler County Clerk Bree Shaw told KTVO a special election is set for November 4, 2014, the same day as the general election.

The Schuyler County Republican Committee and Democratic Committee each has until August 29, 2014, to nominate a candidate whose name will appear on the November 4 ballot.

Independent candidates can also get their names on the ballot if they get 40 signatures on a petition by 5 p.m. on September 17, 2014.

Shaw said the person who wins the special election will serve the rest of Dole's term, which expires on December 31, 2016.

Dole is currently under house arrest while he awaits future court appearances.

Previous stories:

Schuyler County sheriff sends resignation letter to governor
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Sheriff accused of taking inmates to bars heads back to court - Monday, July 21, 2014 Death threats made against sheriff accused of crimes - Thursday, July 10, 2014 Schuyler County sheriff arrested, facing five felony charges - Wednesday, July 09, 2014