Sheriff Eades will not seek another term

By: 
CHARLIE DENISON
Reporter

Fergus County Sheriff Troy Eades does not intend to run for sheriff when his term expires next year.

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 When Troy Eades ran unopposed for sheriff in 2014, he was excited for the opportunity.

Involved in law enforcement since 1992, Eades had climbed the ranks of the Fergus County Sheriff’s Department for most of his professional life, only taking time away from the position to serve his country.

Next year, his first term comes to an end, and – although he’s enjoyed his career in law enforcement – he’s decided not to run again, largely because the position of sheriff will combine with the position of coroner effective Jan. 2019, a decision made by Fergus County Commissioners, and one which Eades, adamantly opposed.

“The job is bigger than anyone expected and super paperwork intensive,” Eades said. “With all law enforcement entails already, this is especially challenging.”

Nevertheless, a job is a job, and Eades said his department will not make excuses and will take on the extra workload, doing their best for Fergus County.

“That’s what we do,” he said. “We are professionals and we will do our job.”

Eades said he wants the office to be successful, and he believes it will be successful under the leadership of Undersheriff Rick Vaughn, whom Eades said plans to run for Sheriff next year.

 

His turn to give back

When Eades retires, he has no intention of leaving Central Montana and plans on staying involved with Special Olympics, the American Legion and other organizations.

“The community has given a lot to me and a lot to my family,” Eades said. “It is my turn to do things to give back. I’m especially looking forward to working more with Special Olympics. Those athletes make us better people. They are true to the core. They don’t try to put on a fake smile or try to impress somebody. They’re just happy to participate. I think we can all learn something from them.”

 

Business as usual

Eades said 2017 didn’t see more or less crime in Fergus County than in 2016. There was burglary, theft and plenty of drug-and-alcohol related offenses, but nothing “overly significant.”

Recently, Eades said scam artists have been out in “full force,” and he recommends people in Central Montana be cautious.

“Don’t give out your personal or banking information to anyone over the phone,” he said. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

 

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