Deputy Resigns, Facing Drunken Driving Charges
PIPESTONE (AP) -- A southwestern Minnesota sheriff's deputy has resigned after he was charged the drunken driving and possessing a gun while intoxicated.
Pipestone County Deputy Jeff Sanow reached an agreement with the county that ends an internal investigation into his possible involvement in two hit-and-run accidents in Jasper last August.
County administrator Sharon Hanson says the agreement benefits both Sanow as well as Pipestone County. It was negotiated by a labor attorney and Sanow's union representative. It pays some benefits, including health insurance for a limited amount of time, his remaining 206 hours of unused vacation time and nearly $4,800 in severance pay.
Sanow has not been convicted of the charges against him. He was an 11-year veteran of the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office.