Missouri Sheriff Fires Deputy Running Against Him

A St. Louis (Mo.) Sheriff's deputy was fired, after Sheriff James Murphy saw a business card identifying him as a candidate for the city sheriff's agency. Deputy Vernon Betts received a letter dated July 6 stating that Betts was fired for violating a procedural order.

A St. Louis (Mo.) Sheriff's deputy was fired, after Sheriff James Murphy saw a business card identifying him as a candidate for the city sheriff's agency.

Deputy Vernon Betts received a letter dated July 6 stating that Betts was fired for violating a procedural order.

That order states, "Deputies shall not file for, campaign for or hold any elected public office while an employee of the Sheriff of the City of St. Louis."

Source: St. Louis American

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