CANTON: Former Stark County Sheriff Timothy A. Swanson has asked the Ohio Supreme Court not to schedule oral arguments in a suit he brought against his successor.
In a memorandum filed Monday, his attorneys said evidence submitted is “set forth with sufficient clarity” for the court to decide the issues based on arguments presented in the briefs.
Swanson contends that Sheriff George Maier does not have the education, credentials or supervisory experience required by state law.
Maier has said his recent experience as a civilian supervisor of safety forces is sufficient, his certification is current and his education is adequate.
Swanson seeks to have Maier removed and himself reinstated.
The dispute arose after Democratic precinct committeemen chose Maier over Swanson’s preferred candidate in February.
The vote was taken Feb. 5 to choose a replacement for Michael McDonald, who won election in November but resigned before taking office because of a terminal illness. He died Feb. 22.
County commissioners appointed Swanson interim sheriff in January. He had not sought re-election.
Writing on behalf of the former sheriff, attorneys Gregory Beck and James Mathews said they have no objections to oral arguments if the court decides they would be helpful.
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