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PC sheriff to be challenged for job

A 23-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, who also ran four years ago, is challenging Nancy Hove for the sheriff's position.

Both Tom Gunderson and Hove, who won the 2006 election, have registered their candidacies.

The county position of clerk of court is also open for election this fall. The only registered candidate for that job as of Tuesday was the incumbent, Peg Feuerhelm.

This time Gunderson is running as an independent rather than a Democrat. Hove is a Democrat.

Now each has to collect 200 to 400 signatures on nomination papers before the July 13 filing deadline.

Gunderson, who graduated from River Falls High School in 1982 and attended UW-River Falls, has worked as dispatcher, jailer, patrol officer, patrol sergeant, the department's K-9 handler and a member of the Sheriff's Department Tactical Team. He is now a patrol sergeant.

Hove, who worked in law enforcement for 17 years before being elected sheriff, started with the Ellsworth Police Department in 1989 and went on to work at the Marquette County Sheriff's Department.

She started with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in 1998, working first as a jailer and dispatcher and later as a patrol officer. Just before being elected sheriff she served as the county's DARE officer.

The sheriff's pay for 2011 will be $69,900. The clerk of court's pay for 2011 will be $53,974.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.