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By Echo Menges
The Edina Sentinel printed a story in the June 20, 2012 issue questioning the legality of (Gerald) Allen Gudehus serving as Knox County Treasurer while also being commissioned as a Knox County Reserve Deputy. According to Missouri Revised Statute 54.040 section 2 a county Sheriff’s deputy is not eligible to be a county treasurer.
According to Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite, Gudehus submitted a letter of resignation in which Gudehus resigned as a Knox County Reserve Deputy on Monday, June 18, 2012.
“Allen Gudehus submitted his written resignation, which I reluctantly accepted,” said Sheriff Kite. “I am in the process of having him removed from our commission with POST (Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Program).”
According to Kite, Gudehus’ resignation as a Reserve Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy was officially accepted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
The Missouri POST Program Manager has also confirmed Gudehus is no longer listed as a Reserve Officer for Knox County.
“I show that (Gudehus) has a valid Class B (Peace Officer’s) License but is not commissioned with any law enforcement agency in Missouri,” stated Missouri POST Program Manager, Jeremy Spratt, on Friday, June 29, 2012.
“I want to take responsibility for my miscommunication with Sheriff Kite on my reserve status,” said Gudehus. “I just want to reiterate I didn’t want this to be an issue for my sheriff’s campaign and I look forward to running for Knox County Sheriff.”