Duncan named new Linn County sheriff

Yon successor making history as department's first female leader


December 8, 2021

Sweet Home Police Department

Son-to-be Sheriff Michelle Duncan visits with Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn, left, and Shop With a Cop recipients Saturday.

Linn County Undersheriff Michelle Duncan will have a new job title come January.

County commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday, Nov. 30, that she should succeed Sheriff Jim Yon, who last week announced his retirement as of the end of the year.

The 47-year-old will become the first female sheriff in Linn County law enforcement history, as she completes the final year of Yon's four-year term of office.

The commissioners indicated strong support for Duncan, who has held numerous leadership posts within the Sheriff's Office, starting as a resident deputy in...

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