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Restraining order placed on process to hire new Albany County Sheriff

(Albany County Sheriff's Office, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — A temporary restraining order placing a hold on the process to hire a new Albany County Sheriff has been granted by the District Court for the Second Judicial District, according to the Albany County Democratic Party.

Albany County Sheriff David O’Malley submitted an official letter announcing his plans to retire on Sept. 8. O’Malley intends to officially retire on Jan. 2, 2021, according to background description included in the temporary restraining order.

WyoFile reported on Sept. 3 that O’Malley notified the Albany County officials of his retirement plans “less than a week before the family of a man slain by an Albany County sheriff’s deputy filed a long-awaited lawsuit against the county.”

“Debra Hinkel, the mother of Robbie Ramirez, seeks as much as $20 million in damages, according to a governmental claims notice — a step preceding the lawsuit — delivered to the commission in late June,” according to WyoFile.

The Albany County Democratic Party have argued that the process to find a replacement for O’Malley should not be rushed.

They initially filed a suit against the Albany County Commission on Sept. 28 “seeking to stop a 1 October deadline to submit candidates to replace the outgoing Albany County Sheriff,” the party said in a press release.

“The dispute stems from a September 16 letter to ACDP Chair Carrie Murthy in which Albany County Commissioner Chair Terri Jones declared a ‘vacancy’ in the office of Sheriff, despite Sheriff Dave O’Malley’s announced retirement date of January 2, 2021,” the release states. “Commission Chair Jones claims that according to state law, ACDP has 15 days upon vacancy to submit three candidates from whom the county commissioners may choose to fulfill the remainder of the term.”

The Albany County Democratic Party then filed a motion on Sept. 29 “requesting a temporary restraining order on the Albany County Board of Commissioners’ September 30 deadline for a final list of candidates to replace the current Albany County Sheriff upon his retirement in January 2021.”

The court’s temporary restraining order will expire on Oct. 15, pending an Oct. 14 hearing.

“We are grateful to the court for granting our request, and look forward to a robust hiring process that serves the people of Albany County,” Albany County Democratic Party Chair Carrie Murthy said.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.