The fate of the McPherson County sheriff’s position is still unknown, and officials say it won’t be determined for months.

Robert McFarland ran as a write-in candidate after the Oct. 31 resignation of Sheriff Tim McConnell, who left for health reasons.

According to unofficial results, McFarland received 45 votes in the general election Tuesday. McConnell still received 174 votes.

While McConnell has already left, McPherson County Clerk Judy Dailey said the county commissioners have to wait until 2019 to appoint a new sheriff.

“We have to wait until Jan. 3, because if he wanted to, he could still come back,” she said about McConnell.

McConnell has since become the police chief of Wisner, where he has said he’ll have more staff and fewer responsibilities to manage while dealing with heart problems.

Even if McConnell wants to decline the sheriff position, he can’t do so until Jan. 3, when his new term would begin, Dailey said. She added the McPherson County commissioners meet Jan. 9.

“I’m sure it’ll be on the agenda then to start the application process,” she said.

In the meantime, an interim sheriff will be appointed, Dailey said at the time of McConnell’s resignation.

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