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Published November 10, 2010, 08:08 PM

Petition Effort Started To Recall Wild As Walsh County Sheriff

Permission to start a petition recalling Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild has been submitted to the North Dakota Secretary of State. Petition organizer Jennie Swartz of Pisek, North Dakota tells WDAZ the approval request arrived in Bismarck on Tuesday.

Permission to start a petition recalling Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild has been submitted to the North Dakota Secretary of State.

Petition organizer Jennie Swartz of Pisek tells WDAZ the approval request arrived in Bismarck on Tuesday.

Swartz says the Secretary of State has seven days to grant permission for the recall petitions to start. Once that happens, Swartz says 1,236 signatures would be needed to recall Wild and bring his position as Sheriff to a special election. His name would automatically be placed on the ballot.

This petition effort comes after longtime Walsh County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Nord was fired a day after he ran against Wild in the general election and lost.

According to Nord, he was fired around 8:00 Wednesday, November 3rd. Nord says Wild told him, "He was tired of the lies during the campaign."

The former deputy says he ran a clean campaign.

Wild confirmed that Nord was fired.

Nord had been with the Walsh County Sheriff's department for nearly 20 years.

He says if the petition to recall Wild get the signatures it needs, he will run again in a special election against him. He says he is also seeking legal counsel surrounding his termination.

Jennie Swartz says she was Nord's neighbor for years, and says he shouldn't have lost his job. She has also started a Facebook page called "Recall Election- Vote Ron Nord Sheriff" and says she is confident she will get the petition signatures needed to force a special election.

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