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Talk radio host hired by sheriff

Deanna Daymer, a well-known radio talk-show host at WWJB-1450 AM is leaving the station to work as a spokeswoman for Sheriff Tom Mylander.

Daymer has worked at the Brooksville radio station for more than six years. Her last day will be Nov. 11.

At the Sheriff's Office, she will work with Sgt. Frank Bierwiler, who will remain the primary spokesman.

"I'm just looking for the growth potential there. I have probably done as much as I can do here," Daymer said Tuesday afternoon during a break in her show.

"It's been a great 6{ years. I've always looked forward to coming to work. It's just time to move on."

The move was announced in a news release Tuesday from the sheriff's office.

Mylander said Daymer will help with his community-oriented policing program, and she will handle some work with the news media. He said her application for the $18,500-a-year job was bolstered by her career at the radio station.

"A lot of people know her. She has lots of contacts in the community," he said.

Daymer, 48, a Northfield, Minn., native, is known for her weekday Open Mike talk show on the news and country music station. She said she also has administrative experience in office management and human resources.

She told Mylander several months ago she was interested in a career change, she said. The two talked again recently when she interviewed him about the community-oriented policing project, which had gotten a boost from a $600,000 federal grant.

"He said, "By the way, I was going to call you,'

" Daymer said.

A background check is still being done. Daymer is scheduled to start work Nov. 14.

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