Contender drops out of race

        Ryan Ketchum confirmed Tuesday that he has accepted a position with the Sidney Police Department. Ketchum, who filed as a candidate for Prairie County Sheriff, began work as a patrolman on May 3. He interviewed for the job a week before accepting the position.

“I am withdrawing from the race,” Ketchum said in a telephone interview, noting he had planned to make the announcement in upcoming newspaper ads. 
Ketchum, who moved to Terry in October of last year, had worked as a reserve officer for the county’s sheriff’s office. Citing a desire to gain more “hands-on” experience, the 28-year-old Ketchum noted he would likely learn more in one year at Sidney than in 4 years at Terry.
“If I decide to run again the experience will be a complete benefit for the community,” he said. 
Although the Prairie County Clerk and Recorder’s office hasn’t received any calls from Ketchum regarding his withdrawal from the race, Deputy Clerk Piney Helmuth said they did get a call from someone at the Sidney Police Department. Ketchum’s name will still appear on the ballot, according to Helmuth.
Other candidates for Prairie County Sheriff include Rowdy McMillan and incumbent Bill Klunder. With both filing as Republicans the June 8 Primary election will determine the race.

Published May 12, 2010

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