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

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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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13 comments
Heather Ennis
Heather Ennis

Marathon County is in the direct center of the state - where Wausau and Stevens Point are located. Not quite Mayberry,

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Never even heard of Marathon County, must be near Mayberry.

Tim Charest
Tim Charest

A lot of organizations are moving toward more workplace flexibility. This is made easier with technology like video conferencing. To me the more important question would be whether he's meeting job responsibilities that he's getting paid for. It might be different if he was an hourly line operator. Not saying he's 100% on the up and up, just not enough info to draw a firm conclusion.

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

sounds fishy. that's pretty sad that someone who's elected into their position isn't even present or clocks-in. not to mention making a hefty amount per year. reminds me when one of my relatives worked for a school district 10 or so years ago and the district they were working for was embezzling money.

Joseph M. Adams
Joseph M. Adams

Yay! This makes me feel so good to be a public school teacher spending 50 - 60 hours in one building with thousands of students each week! #WorkEthic

Heather Ennis
Heather Ennis

City Pages Minneapolis how about cleaning up this thread to remove the stupidity?

Sande Miller
Sande Miller

Sounds Like your NOT smarter than a Fifth grader.

City Pages Minneapolis
City Pages Minneapolis

Hi Rod! Since August 2012, he has spent 21.75 hours in his office -- this includes 1.75 hours from 2013.

Rod Peyton
Rod Peyton

To be fair, the article says 21.75 hours, whereas your presumably mistyped post advertises "under 2."

needtovote
needtovote

Pretty sad, behavior of the police. Either they are beating up people they are supposed to protect, handing out drugs to the homeless or hundreds of other examples of a profession that needs over-site. Not other police but civilians watching over them and then they need to start going to jail if they break the law!!! Wonder if the chief was helping his wife get pills or doing them himself, sad he can;t be fired


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