Ohio Supreme Court orders NEO sheriff removed

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a northeast Ohio sheriff removed from office because he doesn’t have the required experience.

The court ruled against Stark County Sheriff George Maier. He was appointed early this year in Canton to fill a vacancy.

The court ruled his service from 2007 to 2011 with the Ohio Department of Public Safety only reflected part-time law-enforcement work. Ohio law requires a sheriff to have four recent years of full-time law-enforcement work.

The court ordered the reinstatement of the acting sheriff. Party leaders must appoint a sheriff to replace the elected Democrat who was unable to serve because of poor health.

Maier says he’s disappointed but will abide by the ruling.

His office says the acting sheriff has taken command.

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