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Pondera County Sheriff denies accusations in response to recall effort

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Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta
Petitioner Stacy Welker Petitioner Stacy Welker
Petitioners have 90 days to get at least 530 signatures from Pondera County residents. Petitioners have 90 days to get at least 530 signatures from Pondera County residents.
CONRAD MT -

An official petition has been filed to recall Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta. 

Petitioners have 90 days to get at least 530 signatures from Pondera County residents.

Sheriff Suta says the accusations that accompany the petition are false and that he can prove it. 

Suta explained: "As an investigator, the first thing you learn is you better make darn sure that somebody's guilty before you charge them. 

"I want to see this county, our town, the surrounding towns that are in the county under good leadership," explained petitioner  Stacy Welker 

The statement that accompanies the petition alleges several instances of Sheriff Suta being incompetent. 

The allegations include: abuse of power, sharing private information, not holding youth accountable, dishonesty, and leaving the county under protected. 

Welker said, "They've had one deputy on for the entire county regularly, and that's not safe."   

"When you are a small county you have a small staff. And, that's just the name of the game. That's just the way it is sometimes," explained Suta

The petitioner make claims about Sheriff Suta's personal conduct and lack of professionalism. 

"I don't know how we have a sheriff that has allowed this stuff to go on," said Welker 

Suta explained: "In the initial election, there was four of us running, so there was a lot of, you know when you're running against one person there's a lot of politics involved. So, when you're running against three, there's an enormous amount of politics. And, I still had an enormous amount of support. I'm not perfect by any means, you know I've made mistakes, but I obviously deny these allegations." 

Suta say's he received around 200 text messages of support since the release of the petition. 

Petitioners plan to circulate the petition in every town in Pondera County.

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