Jim Stubbs has been elect- ed the next sheriff of Web- ster County.
Stubbs, the current chief deputy of the Webster Coun- ty Sheriff's Department, de- feated Lt. Kevin Kruse by a percentage of 51.82 percent to 48.04 percent. Stubbs re- ceived 9,089 votes, while Kruse received 8,426 votes.
Stubbs, a Democrat, sai he was happy with the result. "I'm glad the people of Webster County have put their faith in me," he said. "I'm glad for the opportuni-
ty." Stubbs said he plans to
improve on what outgoing Sheriff Brian Mickelson be- gan.
"I plan on making our de- partment even better," he said. "Brian Mickelson did a great job and I'm happy to follow after him."
Kruse, who ran as a Re- publican, thanked his voters for their support.
"I have nothing to be ashamed of," he said. "I ran a clean campaign and life will go on."
He said he believed early voting and straight party voting may have hurt him.
"They were probably out there where I didn't think they'd ever be," he said.
Mickelson is retiring after nine years as sheriff.
While they had similari- ties, both candidates dis-
agreed on a number of is- sues.
Kruse said there has been a communication gap within the department over the past nine years. He said there had been no regularly- scheduled full-department meetings, which he believed were necessary for getting information around.
Stubbs disagreed, saying command staff meets regu- larly and that it was the re- sponsibility of the lieu- tenants and sergeants to pass along information to the deputies.
Both candidates said they would also like to hire more deputies, although with a lack of money in the budget
for them, it doesn't make sense to hire anyone.
They also said they would continue with training for deputies. Kruse said he would like to work with em- ployees from CJ Bio Ameri- ca and Cargill to train in case of an emergency situation. Stubbs said training with lo- cal departments has helped create relationships between the various agencies.
Kruse and Stubbs both said they would also like to train with the smaller, one- officer departments in the county.
The candidates also said they feel they have a good department and praised the deputies for their work.