Madison County Sheriff Candidate Hopes to Draw on Three Decades of Experience

NORFOLK — After 31 years with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Dave Unger is running to be the person in charge.

The longtime lawman says he would be a man of the people if elected.

“Whatever we do we would do with honesty, trust and that we have a real concern for the community,” Unger said.

Unger joins three colleagues, Jon Downey, Chris Hjorth and Todd Volk, as a candidate to replace retiring Sheriff Vern Hjorth.  He says the Sheriff has done a good job building camaraderie.  

“We have great people in the office, we tend to listen to the public and work on honesty and transparency,” Unger said.

Unger says he wouldn’t do much different from Hjorth but would look to hire one or two additional deputies.

“To alleviate some of the overtime and comp time that the deputies have to have,” Unger said.

Unger’s cousin, Mike, is the Stanton County Sheriff.  

All four candidates for Madison County Sheriff are Republicans, so they will compete in the primary election on May 15th.  

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