The former Minatare Police Chief has filed as a write-in candidate for McPherson County Sheriff after he lost his job when the city of Minatare went to a part-time police department.
Robert “Brian” McFarland, the chief in Minatare for the past three years, has been exploring his options since leaving Minatare at the end of last month.
McFarland says, “I’ve been working part-time at Valley Ambulance, so I picked up some more hours there. I also have some applications with three other police departments and I found out that McPherson County Sheriff was not running again. So I put in as a write-in candidate there. ”
McFarland says his family is well known in McPherson County, although he will have to do some campaigning in the next ten days.
McPherson County Clerk Judy Dailey says McFarland will have to beat Tim McConnell, whose name is still on the ballot even though he notified the county last month he was resigning due to health issues, to gain the position in McPherson County. He could be appointed by the commissioners if he loses.
Meanwhile, Lt. Brian Martinez says Minatare has been operating with five part-time certified officers since the first of the month as part of a move by the city to save money. Martinez says the response has been positive to this point.
McPherson county has a population of 500 people.