St. Louis sheriff now allows employees to seek public office
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis city's longtime sheriff is lifting a ban that kept his employees from running against him during elections.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it obtained an order signed by Sheriff James Murphy and distributed to his employees saying deputies now can "seek to be elected St. Louis sheriff while remaining actively employed."
That order took effect July 1.
Murphy was sworn in as sheriff in January 1989 and was re-elected six times. As of Thursday, he hadn't said publicly whether he'd run for re-election next year.
In 2011, Murphy fired now-former deputy Vernon Betts for campaigning for sheriff. Murphy went on to narrowly defeat Betts in the 2012 Democratic primary.
Betts said he's running in the 2016 primary.