A group of Burke County residents have submitted a petition to the Attorney General's office to have their sheriff removed.
Commissioners in Burke County have been looking into allegations of a hostile work environment at Sheriff Michael Cude's office.
Chairman Allen Ryberg has said some female employees at the courthouse also feel threatened by Cude.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has 30 days to review the petition, investigate the case and make a recommendation to the governor.
Cude denies all allegations.