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Marathon Co. Sheriff takes issue with report he spent 2 hours in office this year

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Marathon County Sheriff's Department car. Image taken 6/16/2011
Marathon County Sheriff's Department car. Image taken 6/16/2011

WASUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The county sheriff in Wausau takes issue with a report that he’s hardly spending any time in his office these days.

The Wausau Daily Herald checked electronic access records at the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department – and they found that Sheriff Randy Hoenisch was only in the building for two hours since January first.

Those records also showed that he spent an average of just over seven hours a week in his office during 2012.

Hoenisch admits that he’s spent a lot of time helping his wife Kim get through an addiction to painkillers. She was fired from her job as a state probation-and-parole agent, not long before she was convicted of taking pills from offenders under her supervision.

Sheriff Hoenisch says he works harder than what the records indicate. He said he spends time working in the community and at training sessions – and he told reporters he uses a regular key to enter the sheriff’s facility instead of an electronic swipe card.

Hoenisch has been the sheriff since 2001 – and he’s reportedly considering retirement before his current term ends in just over 22 months.

In the meantime, Chief Deputy Scott Parks has handled more of the sheriff’s business.

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