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Has anybody seen the Sheriff?


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Do we need to file a missing person's report on the Marathon County Sheriff?  Maybe.

The recent problems involving a Marathon County probation agent have apparently affected her husband’s job performance and attendance. 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, and only 82 days during 2012.

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 has admitted spending a great deal of time assisting his wife Kim with a pain killer addiction. She was was recently convicted of burglary and theft for taking pills from probationers under her supervision.

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.