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New sheriff for Marathon Co. expected soon

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MADISON (WAOW) - A spokesman says Gov. Scott Walker is close to naming a new sheriff for Marathon County.

"You can expect an announcement within the week," Tom Evenson said in a statement Monday.

Sheriff Randy Hoenisch announced his retirement in February and stepped down March 23 amid criticism of his work habits.

Last month, Walker's office said 21 people applied for the job to replace Hoenisch.

The applicants included 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.

Hoenisch, a 57-year-old Democrat, won his first election in 2000 and was re-elected three times. Walker is a Republican.

When he announced his retirement, Hoenisch was under scrutiny after records released in February showed he had spent less than two hours in the office this year. His wife, Kim Hoenisch, also is awaiting sentencing on drug charges.

 

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