Knox chief deputy steps down

By Stephen Betts | Aug 19, 2010
Photo by: Stephen Betts Ernest McIntosh, right, has resigned as Knox County chief deputy. At left is Maine Marine Patrol Deputy Chief John Fetterman.

Rockland — Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison is looking for a new second-in-command officer.

Dennison confirmed this week that Ernest McIntosh, who has served as her chief deputy since she took office in January 2007, has resigned. McIntosh's final day on the job was Aug. 13.

McIntosh left to take another job in law enforcement, Dennison said.

The sheriff said she was looking for a replacement but it was a challenge.

"I'd like to get a replacement as soon as possible but the person would have to understand that the job after this year is contingent on me winning re-election," Dennison said.

The chief deputy position is a political appointment at the discretion of the sheriff.

Dennison is seeking re-election on Nov. 2. The first-term Democratic incumbent is being challenged by Republican Michael Phillips and independent Jeffrey Gallagher.

McIntosh served 25 years with the sheriff's office including 20 years as a detective. He served many years with Dennison who was a detective prior to being elected sheriff.

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