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Marathon County sheriff to retire

Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch
Marathon County sheriffs department patch (properly sized)
Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch press conference 2/22/13 announcing he will retire in approximately three weeks.
Sheriff Randy Hoenisch during press conference announcing retirement with 4-year-old twin sons Luke and Nathan, emphasizing his family must come first.
Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  Marathon County sheriff Randy Hoenisch will retire amid reports that he's been a no-show at his office. Hoenisch said he was planning to announce his retirement in April. Instead he will leave office earlier - as soon as his retirement paperwork is complete. He says the process will take about three weeks.

There have been recent news reports over the limited hours he’s been working since last August when his wife was charged with a series of prescription-drug charges. Kim Hoenisch was dismissed as a corrections officer, and had recently pled no contest to burglary and theft for taking pills from probationers under her supervision. She’ll be sentenced in April. 

An investigation by the Wausau Daily Herald found that Sheriff Randy Hoenisch has put in under two hours at the office so far this year.

Sheriff Hoenisch says those totals do not reflect time he is responding in the community or at training sessions. He also told WSAW television that he often enters the law enforcement center with a regular key and not the electronic swipe card, which doesn’t automatically record who is using the door.

The sheriff will be up for reelection in 2014 but is considering retirement before then. As sheriff, his salary was just under $98,000 last year plus benefits.

Hoenisch’s absence hasn’t crippled the department’s day-to-day operations. Second in command Chief Deputy Scott Parks has been managing sheriff’s business when Hoenisch is gone.