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County to name successor to Sheriff Kast

Marion County Commissioners expect to appoint a new county sheriff in the coming days ahead of Sheriff Joe Kast’s retirement June 30.

Kast announced his retirement May 4 and commissioners expect to make an appointment during their June 7 regular meeting. Applications from potential appointees were accepted through May 26, as well as public input on who should fill Kast’s position. An appointee would serve the remainder of Kast’s term, which expires at the end of 2024.

Kast was appointed sheriff in 2019 after the retirement of former Sheriff Jason Meyers, and was elected in 2020. He spent 31 years in law enforcement.

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