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McCook County Sheriff's Office to hire additional deputy

A McCook County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Republic file photo)

SALEM — The McCook County Sheriff's Office was recently approved to hire an additional deputy, which the sheriff says will help curb crime.

The new deputy, who McCook County Sheriff Mark Norris hopes to hire by Jan. 1, will bring the office's total to seven full-time deputies. Prior to the approval for a new deputy by the McCook County Commission, the sheriff's office often contracted for part-time help. This year, Norris said he decided it would be more financially responsible to hire a full-time deputy.

"It will be extremely beneficial because we're short-handed now," Norris said, adding that he believes the change will save money in the county's budget. "It's a matter of economics to have a full-time deputy rather than budget part-time help."

In addition, Norris said crime in McCook County — and across the country — is increasing, causing the department to need additional help.

Most notably, in May a then-McCook County deputy was shot after attempting to pull over a vehicle allegedly driven by Matthew Rumbolz. Rumbolz then allegedly led law enforcement in a pursuit and hours-long standoff before his arrest.

Current deputies include Casey Urrutia, Randy Schwader, Kipp Stearns, Cole German, Hayley Mayou and Anna Misar.