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DISTRICT COURT

Calhoun sheriff accused of 'willful misconduct' and intoxication in removal petition

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Calhoun County Sheriff Scott Anderson

The Calhoun County sheriff, who was arrested Saturday night for attacking his wife and a police officer, has been suspended without pay pending a judge's decision about whether he should be removed from his elected office, according to court records.

Scott Anderson, 51, of Manson, is charged with domestic abuse assault and assault on persons in certain occupations, which together are punishable by more than a year in jail.

He is accused of pinning his wife to a bed by her throat and headbutting a police officer who helped arrest him.

Calhoun County Attorney Tina Meth-Farrington filed a petition in district court to remove Anderson from office Tuesday afternoon. She cited part of Iowa law that allows such removals for "willful misconduct or maladministration in office" and "intoxication," court records show.

"This action is not taken lightly or with malice," Meth-Farrington said in a press release. "Sheriff Anderson, through his recent actions, has lost the trust and respect of fellow law enforcement and the community at large and cannot … effectively carry out his duties as sheriff of Calhoun County."

Anderson did not respond to a request to comment for this article.

District Judge Amy Moore wrote that there is sufficient evidence to continue with the removal proceedings and suspended Anderson. She appointed Deputy Jeff Feldhans as acting sheriff and set a hearing on the potential removal for April 27.

Anderson was appointed sheriff in 2017 after his longtime predecessor retired before his term had ended. Anderson then was elected in 2018 and had told the Times Herald that he planned to seek re-election this year. However, his Facebook page that promoted his re-election has been taken offline.

Following his weekend arrest, one of his former dispatchers revealed her pending civil rights complaint against him for sexual harassment.

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