Chief deputy of Clark County resigns

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The chief deputy of Clark County has resigned.

A letter dated January 13 from Jim Backus to Sheriff Greg Herrick says that his resignation takes effect on February 21. Jim Hirsch is serving as both patrol captain and acting chief deputy in the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The county advertised the chief deputy position, and applications were due February 10. Personnel Manager Kathryn Roellich would not say how many applications the county received. The Clark County Law Enforcement Committee was scheduled to look over the applications on Thursday, but that meeting was canceled and re-scheduled for February 28.

Hirsch says he's not sure on a time frame for interviews or hiring of the next chief deputy. He says he's not sure why Backus resigned, and his resignation letter does not include that information. A message left on Backus' phone was not immediately returned. Backus has been chief deputy in Clark County for almost 10 years, and has worked for the county since 1998.

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