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GOP picks ballot replacement for AZ sheriff killed in crash

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Mark Dannels was selected to replace Dever on the ballot. Mark Dannels was selected to replace Dever on the ballot.
BISBEE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

Republicans in Cochise County have picked a retired commander to take Sheriff Larry Dever's position on the November ballot.

Dever died late Tuesday in a rollover crash in northern Arizona. He was running unopposed for a fifth term as sheriff.

Cochise County elections director Juanita Murray says the county Republican Party leadership met Thursday to pick a candidate to replace Dever on the ballot.

The leadership chose Mark Dannels, who worked as a commander under Dever before retiring after 29 years with the department.

No one else will appear on the ballot but write-in candidates are still possible. The deadline to register as a write-in is Sept. 27.

Chief Deputy Rodney Rothrock is in charge of the sheriff's office in the interim.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation) contributed to this report.

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