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Gov. Pataki has nominated Ernest J. Dustman, acting Cattaraugus County sheriff, to fill the post of sheriff through Dec. 31.

The nomination is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.

Dustman of Olean was undersheriff for the last 11 years and became acting sheriff when Jerry E. Burrell of Franklinville resigned June 11 to take a job in Albany.

The governor accepted resumes last month for an interim appointment for sheriff. The four-year term expires Dec. 31.

Several people were invited to Albany to be interviewed July 16 by a special committee which then recommended an appointment.

In addition to Dustman, a Republican, two Democrats were interviewed for the job -- Gregory Shemeld of Franklinville, an attorney, and David Raiport of Gowanda, a former deputy sheriff.

Shemeld, Raiport and Larry G. Mack of Humphrey, a county legislator, will face each other in the Democratic primary in September.

Dustman will be on the ballot in November on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Freedom Party lines.

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