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Homer appointed Hubbard County Sheriff

Frank Homer

Hubbard County commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Frank Homer the new sheriff in town.

Homer will take office upon the "legal departure" of current Sheriff Gary Mills, which is scheduled for April 30.

Homer and Sgt. Cory Aukes made appearances before the board Wednesday afternoon to state their cases for the appointment to fill out the remainder of Mills' term, about 18 months.

Neither man was present when the board voted.

"They were both great," sad commissioner Don Carlson. "I think everybody knows it was a tough decision."

The men gave very different presentations.

Homer, who has been with Hubbard County 10 years, stressed his education, his credentials, his training, his experience in budgeting and his relations with other counties as as-sets that made him the best candidate

Aukes, a 19-year veteran of the department, admitted he had no budget experience, but said he was willing to "get my feet wet" and asked the commissioners for help if he were appointed.

He gave a frank assessment of the law enforcement department, indicating that morale was flagging, many employees hadn't been evaluated in two years and didn't know where they stood with their superiors, and said he'd reinstate accountability for the good f the taxpayers.

The vote was 4-1 to appoint Homer, with commissioner Cal Johannsen dissenting.

For more on the story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.