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Jackson officials ask Snyder to remove sheriff from office

February 24, 2018

In this April 18, 2017 photo ,Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand shows the current visiting area at the Jackson County Jail's Wesley Street in Jackson, Mich. Jackson County Lt. Tommy Schuette's filed a federal lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Steven Rand on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The lawsuit alleges Rand created a hostile work environment and harassed Schuette because of his disability. It also alleges the county didn't take action when Schuette reported Rand's behavior and aren't giving him proper disability coverage. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Jackson County are asking Gov. Rick Snyder to remove their sheriff from office over insulting remarks about women and minorities.

A letter was sent Friday by the county’s Board of Commissioners. Chairman Steve Shotwell Jr. says Sheriff Steven Rand’s conduct is a “threat to the core values of the community.”

Rand has apologized for the offensive recorded remarks, which were released by an attorney who represents a lieutenant in the sheriff’s department. But Rand says he won’t resign and leave his mess for “other people to clean up.”

Michigan governors have the power to remove elected officials from office but only after an investigation of alleged misconduct and a public hearing.

Rand has been Jackson County sheriff since 2011.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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