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Published November 03, 2010, 05:27 PM

Sheriff-Elect Rost Says "No Big Changes" in Department

Outside the Grand Forks County Sheriff's office, balloons and signs hang congratulating Chief Deputy Bob Rost for his election victory. Rost earned nearly 60 percent of the votes over his opponent Mike Flannery.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Outside the Grand Forks County Sheriff's office, balloons and signs hang congratulating Chief Deputy Bob Rost for his election victory. Rost earned nearly 60 percent of the votes over his opponent Mike Flannery.

"It is definitely a relief to finally get the results and get this thing behind me," Rost said.

The election became increasingly heated after Flannery took out an newspaper ad calling out Rost out on a number issues Flannery called unethical. However, the county nor the current sheriff found nothing wrong, including receiving overtime as a salaried employee. Rost says he is not against looking at existing policies dealing with overtime for salary exempt employees.

"After the first of the year we will probably re-visit that policy and make sure we are doing things we are supposed to be doing," Rost said.

Rost says he will end his outside employment as security with the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Columbia Mall before being sworn in as Sheriff in January. However, if time allows, he will still help out as a crossing guard at Kelly Elementary School.

Rost says don't look for any big changes within the the department.

"We have a great bunch of guys here. The support staff is excellent and I really look at no changes there at all," Rost said.

Rost says the past campaign will not change the relationship the sheriff's department has with the Police Department. Flannery is a detective with the Grand Forks police department and both departments are housed in the same building.

Flannery was not available for an on camera interview Wednesday.

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