- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

STANTON, Texas (AP) - Leaders of a West Texas county have selected an ex-deputy to take over for sheriff who abruptly resigned.

Martin County commissioners selected Brad Ingram to finish John Woodward II’s term. Ingram will be sworn in Monday in Stanton.

Woodward cited personal and family reasons when he resigned Dec. 3. Woodward had been sheriff since 2009 and quit two years before his current term expires.

Ingram, who worked for the sheriff’s department before his employment in the oil industry, was chosen Thursday.

Martin County has a population of about 5,300.


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