- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

BOWBELLS, N.D. (AP) - A group of Burke County residents have submitted a petition to the North Dakota Attorney General’s office to start the process to have their sheriff removed.

The Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1rf9gfm ) reports Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has not reviewed the petition against Sheriff Michael Cude. Stenehjem has 30 days to investigate and make a recommendation to the governor.

The law allows for the governor to remove certain public officials in situations involving misconduct, malfeasance, crime in office, neglect of duty or gross incompetency.

Commissioners in Burke County have been looking into allegations of a hostile work environment at Cude’s office. Chairman Allen Ryberg has said some female employees at the courthouse also feel threatened by Cude.

Cude says he is just trying to do his job and denies all allegations.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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