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Scott County commissioners could appoint a new sheriff next month.

After the official notice of vacancy is sent out, commissioners will have 120 days to appoint a successor for Sheriff Mike Cross. Commissioners are accepting applications for the job now. The deadline to submit an application is January 15th at noon.

Commissioners could appoint an interim sheriff at their next meeting on January 21st.

Former Sheriff Mike Cross passed away last week after a battle with cancer. He had served three years of his term. There is less than a year remaining.

Applications are being accepted to fill the rest of the term.

Right now, .Chief Deputy Ronnie Phillips is serving as acting sheriff.