Former Deschutes County Sheriff Les Stiles new Prineville interim chief


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PRINEVILLE, Oregon — Former Deschutes County Sheriff Les Stiles has been named interim police chief in Prineville.

He takes over for Eric Bush, who was dismissed last month after nine months on paid leave.

Stiles was sheriff from 2001 to 2007. He told KTVZ ( ) he was asked by the city to take the interim job, and expects to serve for between six months and 18 months.

Bush recently filed a $2.5 million lawsuit in which he said the firing was unjust. Bush is also a brigadier general in the Oregon Army National Guard, and his lawsuit states he was undone by an ambitious deputy who had eyes for his job and a city government that resented the leave he took for military service.

Information from: KTVZ-TV,

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