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Meet Marathon County's new sheriff


It'sofficial. After months of uncertainty, even scrutiny, Marathon Countyfinally has a new sheriff.

OnThursday, former Chief Deputy Scott Parks was officially sworn in asthe Marathon County Sheriff. Now, he says this time is going to bedifferent.

"Thewhole focus is to demonstrate that we're serious about what we'retrying to put in place, that's how you build that trust back,"Sheriff Parks said.

During the ceremony, dozens of lawenforcement officers, county officials, and friends and family packedthe courtroom for the ceremony that lasted about ten minutes.

Parkshas been with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department for 33 years.He was named Chief Deputy in 2007. In March, former Sheriff RandyHoenisch retired. Hoenisch was under scrutiny after records showed hehad spent less than two hours in the office this year.

Parksadmits that controversy brought negative attention to the department,something he says won't happen again.

"Ichallenge each one of my staff if they ever see me not holding myselfaccountable or acting inappropriate I would expect them to addressthat immediately with me," Parks said at a news conference onThursday.

Assheriff, Parks says his first priority is the jail. Two months ago,two corrections officers were injured after an attack there. Oneofficer, Julie Christensen remains in critical condition.

Sincethat attack, Parks says positive changes have been made within thedepartment.

"Allwe can do is demonstrate the momentum that we are currently showingon the things we're doing," Parks said.

But,there's still a long way to go.

"Thisis a new beginning," Parks explained. "We're going to bemaking a lot of forward moves, steps in the right direction."

Parkswill serve as appointed sheriff until January 2015. During a pressconference today, Parks also announced Lt. Chad Billeb as interimChief Deputy, effective May 13th.

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