Tim McConell leads the race for McPherson County Sheriff

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The position of McPherson County Sheriff showed up on the 2018 November General Election ballot.

Robert B. McFarland was the challenger that appeared on the ballot along with the five year veteran sheriff, Tim McConnell. McFarland filed before the October 26th deadline and paid the $424.48 filing fee.

The preliminary results from the McPherson County Clerks Office Tuesday night are McFarland: 53 McConnell: 174.

Previous McPherson County Sheriff Tim McConnell said he thought he would be working this job until he retired, but his health had other plans for him.

“The doctor said I either need to find full-time help or find work elsewhere," said McConnell.

He said he realized he needed to go to a department where it was more than one position and started looking for those types of jobs. He said he was nervous to put in his letter of resignation, but said he was pleased with how well it was received.

The County Commissioners held a meeting in September and appointed Thomas Burch as the interim sheriff until the winner of the election, or the applicant, gets sworn in. Burch previously served as a part-time deputy.

McConnell has until January 3rd to accept or decline the position and at that point, the position is declared vacant, the board will advertise for the position, take applications and appoint someone for a four year term.

McConnell has served as the McPherson County Sheriff since 2013. McConnell moves on to be the Chief of Police for Wisner, Nebraska.