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McNurlin steps aside, Goodhue County Board approves interim sheriff

August 11, 2018
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ZUMBROTA — There’s a new, temporary, sheriff in town.

After 35 years in Goodhue County law enforcement, Sheriff Scott McNurlin retired Thursday.

“It’s been a privilege and an honor,” said McNurlin, who has served as sheriff since his election in 2010. “Leaving today after such a great career, it’s a hard thing to do. I truly loved what I did, I truly loved the people I worked with. We always pulled in the right direction of the people we served.”

As McNurlin ends his career, his chief deputy, Chris Johnson, will complete the term until a new sheriff is elected in November and sworn in in January.

Johnson said he plans to retire early in 2019 as well, so the new sheriff, as is traditional, can pick his own chief deputy at that time.

The members of the county board of commissions all thanked McNurlin for his service, with Commissioner Ron Allen pointing to McNurlin’s work in bringing the new 800 megahertz radio system to Goodhue County at almost no cost to county taxpayers as an example of his leadership.

“He had other counties coming asking how he did it,” Allen said.

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