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Ohio Supreme Court throws Stark County sheriff out of office
State high court says he lacks the qualifications for the job
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
George Maier at a meeting of hundreds of Stark County Democrats who picked him despite qualification questions.
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Stark County’s old sheriff is the new sheriff, thanks to a 5-2 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court today. 

The county’s Democratic executive committee appointed George Maier sheriff in February. The vote was hotly contested amid claims that Maier didn’t have the education and experience to meet the qualifications of the job. 

Former Sheriff Tim Swanson was among those challenging the appointment, and took the case to court. 

Now Swanson will be reappointed. 

The job opened up when Sheriff-elect Michael McDonald died. The party vote was a close one between Maier and Sheriff’s Lt. Louis Darrow. Republican Lawrence Dordea got one vote.

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