A longtime deputy has won this week’s election for sheriff in Webster County, which was almost canceled by weather. Brian Mickelson’s the winner, with 3,117 votes to 1,525 for James Stubbs, who’d been appointed to the sheriff’s job this fall. Mickelson will serve till the next general election in November 2004. Results from the Tuesday vote were delayed for a day by a winter storm that caused poor road conditions. Mickelson will take the sheriff’s job left open by the September resignation of Chuck Griggs. Also on Tuesday, a judge found Griggs incompetent for medical reasons to stand trial, on charges that he’d spent 10-thousand dollars of county money on items not needed for the jail or sheriff’s office.
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