(Neb)-Dailey Grateful For Support After Swearing In For 9th Term Listen
Photo courtesy Linda Coleman and Kerri Repp
CHADRON - The Dawes County officials elected in November took the oath of office yesterday morning in a ceremony in the District Courtroom in Chadron, but it was old hat for Sheriff Karl Dailey, who is beginning his ninth term.
Dailey, who has spent more than 4 decades in law enforcement, admits he didn't think about still being in office 3 decades later when he first filed to run.
Dailey, who's been unopposed more times than he's had an election challenger, turns 65 this year and originally intended to retire but says teasingly that his wife, Crawford City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Dailey, wouldn't let him and made him run again last year.
Dailey said when filing to run that this would be his last term if he won because his wife would be retiring about the time it ended, but now says there's a chance he comes back to run for a 10th term in 2022 because she's talking about changing her retirement plans.
Local historian Con Marshall says that according to all the records he can find, Dailey has already served as Dawes County sheriff more than twice as long anyone else. Vet Cafield had been sheriff the longest, serving from 1914 through 1929.
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