Cochise County officials release photos of sheriff's wrecked truck

Cochise County officials release photos of sheriff's wrecked truck

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, one of several Arizona sheriffs in Washington for the National Sheriffs Association meeting, agreed with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that there have been some gains but said the border is still a long way from being secure.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 8:17 PM

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- Cochise County authorities released photos of the truck Sheriff Larry Dever was driving when he was killed in a rollover crash Tuesday night.

Dever, 60, was driving a white 2008 3/4-ton Chevrolet pickup truck on a dirt road near Williams when he lost control, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The truck rolled and came to rest on its wheels.

Dever was on his way to meet up with one of his six sons for a hunting trip in the White Horse Lake area.

Dever, who has been a law officer in Cochise County for more than three decades, gained national attention in the last several years as Arizona took center stage in the fiery debate over border security and immigration policy.

He was running unopposed for a fifth term as sheriff. The county Republican Party leadership met Thursday to pick a candidate to replace Dever on the November ballot.

The leadership chose Mark Dannels, who worked as a commander under Dever before retiring after 29 years with the department.
 
No one else will appear on the ballot but write-in candidates are still possible. The deadline to register as a write-in is Sept. 27.
 
Chief Deputy Rodney Rothrock is in charge of the sheriff's office in the interim.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.  

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