Sheriff steps down to become COA director

August 9, 2019

By John Raffel

A very familiar face in Osceola County has been appointed by the Board of Commissioners as the new Director of the Commission on Aging for Osceola County.
Current county sheriff Justin Halladay was one of more than 10 candidates who went through the process of elimination and was the last of two finalists for the position.

Justin Halladay

The board made the appointment at its Tuesday meeting.
Halladay had been appointed sheriff effective January of this year.
“He submitted an application for the job, and went through the interview process,” commissioner Roger Elkins of Evart said. “Four or five people they interviewed and he was the recommendation.”
The job has been vacant for eight months since the termination of previous director Scott Schryer.
Elkins said Halladay indicated it would be the first week in September when he’ll take over the COA position.
The county announced it would begin the search for a new sheriff to fill the vacancy. Osceola County probate court judge Tyler Thompson, prosecuting attorney Anthony Badovinac and clerk Karen Bluhm were on the selection panel which was set to meet this Monday and contact applicants for interviews on Aug. 14.
County officials indicated interested persons for sheriff needed to provide a resume to the Osceola County clerk’s office by 5 p.m. this Friday.

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