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Governor: 21 apply for Marathon County sheriff

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MADISON (WAOW) -

Gov. Scott Walker's office said Friday that 21 people have applied for the job to replace embattled former Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, who retired amid criticism of his work habits and his wife facing possible prison time on drug charges.

The applicants include Marathon County Chief Deputy Scott Parks; Harlyn Woodward, who ran against Hoenisch in 2010; Dan Vergin, the former Everest Metro police chief who retired in 2009; Kronenwetter Police Chief Daniel Joling; and two lieutenants in the sheriff's department, Gary Schneck and Dale Wisnewski.

One woman has applied, Stephanie Stilen.

The 57-year-old Hoenisch announced his retirement in February and officially stepped down March 23.

According to the governor's office, the applications to replace Hoenisch will be given to a committee, which includes law enforcement people, to be reviewed.

The committee will make recommendations to the governor who will then appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Hoenisch's term, said Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for Walker. That term expires in 2014.

The governor's office said the other applicants are:

Gale Baerenwald, Brian Fiene, Joel Flewellen, Herbert Gies, Frank Hanousek Jr., Dale Knapp, Sean McCarthy, Ryan Miller, Ebert Nitzke, James Reist, Benjamin Seidler, Scott Sleeter, Ralph Sliwicki and a "confidential entry."

Hoenisch was under scrutiny recently after records released in February showed he had spent less than two hours in the office this year. His wife, Kim Hoenisch, is to be sentenced on drug charges April 25.

Hoenisch, a Democrat, was re-elected in 2010. His four-year term expires in 2014. Hoenisch won his first election in 2000, and he was re-elected three times. He worked for the sheriff's department since 1974.

Walker has said the only requirement for the new sheriff is that he must live in Marathon County at the time of the appointment.

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