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Deputies and Staff Resign After Cedar County Sheriff’s Election

September 17, 1987

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) _ Cedar County voters gained a sheriff but lost all the deputies.

The department’s three full-time deputies, one reserve deputy and one dispatcher quit after acting Sheriff Joe Shearer defeated Deputy Terry Davis in Tuesday’s election to replace C.A. Larew.

Larew was shot to death by a booby-trap rifle July 26.

Shearer defeated Davis by a margin of less than 2 percent of the vote. Davis, who had been supported by the other deputies, was chief deputy under LaRew. He lost to Shearer by 39 of the 2,705 votes cast.

Shearer doesn’t expect the resignations to cause hardship, except for the long hours he’ll have to put in until the deputies are replaced.

He is receiving help from former Sheriff L.A. Morlan.

″I’ve worked in the toughest parts of the city up there, and I think I can handle anything that comes up,″ said Shearer, who spent 25 years with the Detroit Police Department.

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