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Published October 29, 2010, 05:04 PM

Flannery Continues Allegations as Sheriff's Race Heats Up

With the election just a few days away, Grand Forks County Sheriff candidate Mike Flannery is now accusing his opponent, Bob Rost, of using county resources for an outside job. It's something Rost denies.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Grand Forks county sheriff candidate Mike Flannery again called out his opponent Bob Rost. At a press conference Friday morning, Flannery accused Rost of using a county cell phone to do business with his outside job as security manager at the Ralph Engelstad arena.

Flannery lists 44 calls to or from the Ralph over the last three months when Rost may have been off or on duty.

"To me it just supports what I said before. There is no line between his job as chief deputy and security manager at the Ralph. He does them both at the same time," Flannery said.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff's department policy does allow personal calls on cell phones for deputies. Rost says any phone calls to or from the Ralph Engelstad arena did not get in the way of his duties.

"Most of these calls are short in duration to the administration. They do not involve scheduling. I do not do scheduling on my county cell phone," Rost said.

Flannery says Rost has also shown a lack of integrity by working for overtime as a salaried employee at the River Cities Speedway. Whether the county policy allows it or not.

"I think it's permission that shouldn't not have been given. If you are exempt in salary, you are exempt in salary. Overtime should not come up," Flannery said.

Rost maintains he works as security during the Friday night races because he has trouble finding hourly deputies to work those extra hours. He says if elected sheriff he is not against examining some existing county policies.

"After everything that has come up lately, we may have to look at it. We may have to review the commission's resolution way back when. May have to see if we are on the right track," Rost said.

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