Falls City Mayor Tim Hersh will not seek a second term, but instead will run for Richardson County Sheriff. He filed as a Republican candidate for the four-year term and will face off against incumbent Randy Houser, also a Republican, in the May 13, 2014, primary election.
Houser, who is completing his first term, was the first person to file for any positions up for election in 2014.
Hersh, whose term as Mayor ends in December 2014, has extensive experience in law enforcement. He twice served as a sheriff deputy under then-Sheriff Vernon Buckminster in 2007 and 2008 and also worked for Sac & Fox, Sabetha (KS) and Wathena (KS) Police, and the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office.
The winner of the May primary will appear on the ballot in November’s general election.
Two Falls City men, Jerry Oliver and Charles Bentley, have announced their bids to succeed Hersh as Mayor.
Incumbents have until Feb. 18, 2014 to file for election regardless of what position they seek. Nonincumbents have until March 3 to file.