Wisconsin sheriff with $98k salary has been in office less than 22 hours total since August

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
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Since his wife was suspended from her job as parole agent last August, Hoenisch has been drawing a salary to stay away from his Wausau office.
Either Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch really likes working from home, or taxpayers in that Wisconsin county are getting royally screwed.

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That's because according to a Wausau Daily Herald investigation, Hoenisch -- Marathon County sheriff since 2001 -- has spent less than than 22 hours in his office since August, including just 1.75 hours all this year. With a $97,843 salary, he's the third highest-paid sheriff in the Land of Cheese.

From the Daily Herald's report:
The time Hoenisch spent in his office dropped dramatically in August, when his wife, Kim, was suspended from her position as a Marathon County probation and parole agent. The Wisconsin Department of Justice began an internal investigation into allegations against Kim Hoenisch that month and filed formal charges against her Dec. 23. Kim Hoenisch, who was found guilty on charges of misconduct in public office, burglary, possession of narcotics and possession of a drug without a prescription, will be sentenced April 25.

In the six months since the investigation into his wife's criminal activity began, Randy Hoenisch has logged 21.75 hours of work in his office, sparking concern from some local leaders.

"I don't know legally what we can do about it, but if we hear a lot of concern from the public, maybe it's time to sit down and talk (with the sheriff)," said Gary Wyman, chairman of the Marathon County Board. "He's an elected official, so he answers to the voter, not to me."...

"It's easy to say you're working from home, or working somewhere else, but how do you know?" Wyman asked. "I guess the real question is, is work getting done? It's a touchy situation."
In the meantime, Marathon County deputies say they're getting on fine without their boss's physical presence.

"I speak with the sheriff on a regular basis using either in-person, telephone or electronic means. The frequency depends on the events, incidents and situations taking place," Chief Deputy Scott Parks told the Daily Herald. "If staff need to have their supervisors and boss hovering over them, then we have failed in making sure the right people are employed here."

In any event, it sounds like there's little that can be done about Hoenisch and his taxpayer-money stealing until 2014, when his term as sheriff comes to an end.


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