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Supervisors name chief deputy Jason Johnson as Butler County Sheriff
Ken Oldenburger, chariman of the Butler County Board of Supervisors, appoints Jason S. Johnson to the Butler County Sheriff position effective Friday. The position has been vacant since Tim Junker resigned May 26.

TOM BARTON, Courier Staff Writer

ALLISON - The Butler County Board of Supervisors appointed Chief Deputy Jason Johnson as the Butler County Sheriff at its board meeting Friday.

Johnson had been serving as acting sheriff since May 26.

Former sheriff Tim Junker vacated the position after being nominated by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to the U.S. Marshals Service. The selection was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate May 12.

He was sworn in May 25 and is serving Iowa's Northern District, based in Cedar Rapids.

Johnson takes over Junker's remaining term, which expires following the general election in November, where voters will have the opportunity to elect a new sheriff.

Phone calls left with the sheriff were not immediately returned.

None of the county supervisors could be reached for comment.

Johnson is from Parkersburg and has 11 years experience with the Butler County Sheriff's Department.

"It'll be good for the county and he'll do a good job," Junker said of Johnson's appointment. "He's got natural leadership ability."

Johnson, a "hometown boy" born in Allison, has good management and communication skills that will serve the county well, Junker said.

Junker said the biggest obstacle Johnson will face as sheriff is continuing patrol services with the rising cost of fuel and other budget-related issues.

Phone calls left with the Butler County Attorney were also not immediately returned.

Contact Tom Barton at (319) 291-1570 or tom.barton@wcfcourier.com

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