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Sheriff / former undersheriff to square off during August primary

Submitted by on January 27, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

It is now official – Alpena County Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski will square off against his former undersheriff during the August Primary election.

Kieliszewski officially filed as a Republican Friday. His former undersheriff, Terry King, is also running as a Republican. No Democrats have filed as of this time.

Kieliszewski is seeking a fifth term as sheriff. He began his law enforcement career on Mackinac Island in a seasonal position before taking a job with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office. He started his career at the Alpena Sheriff’s Office on September 1, 1987 as the animal control officer. He was first elected sheriff in 2004 following the retirement of Sheriff Jim Marquardt.

King served 22 years at the sheriff’s office including approximately 14 under Kieliszewski. He was suspended by Kieliszewski on April 9, 2019, and resigned June 24, 2019 in lieu of being terminated. After his resignation, King filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Kieliszewski and his former employer. He believes he was forced to resign due to some work-related incidents that angered the sheriff.

In response, Kieliszewski said he lost faith in King’s ability to perform his job and that King was let go for “more or less a lack of judgement.”