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Reed to replace retiring Loew as chief deputy


Investigator Jason Reed was approved as the new chief deputy to replace retiring chief deputy Tom Loew for the Stevens County Sheriff's Office during the July 2 county board meeting.

Reed will start his new role on the same day Loew retires which is Oct. 1.

Commissioner Bob Kopitze asked if Reed was in line to replace Loew.

County coordinator Becky Young said sheriff Jason Dingman met with the county's personnel committee to discuss Reed's promotion even though he has the authority to appoint a chief deputy.

"I think Jason Reed is well qualified," Young said.

Commissioners had no problem promoting Reed except they said the county will be losing a good investigator.

"Honestly, the investigator position is probably harder to fill," Young said. Any potential replacement would likely need training and additional hours to fill the role, Young said.

While the county is losing a good investigator in Reed, the sheriff's office isn't losing his knowledge, board chairwoman Jeanne Ennen said.

The county will advertise for an investigator.