On Wednesday, the Wausau Daily Herald reported the stunning news that the Marathon County Sheriff has been in his office just 22 hours since August 2012. Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, a Democrat, is the fourth highest paid sheriff in Wisconsin at $97,843.
According to the Wausau Daily Herald, Sheriff Hoenisch's time in the office dropped off when the Wisconsin Department of Justice began an investigation of his wife, a probation and parole agent, who was found guilty of misconduct in public office, burglary, possession of narcotics, and possession of a drug without a prescription. And in 2013, Sheriff Hoenisch has been in his office just 1.75 hours.
It is also remarkable that this story is just being reported now. When compared to the media freak-out over Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's absence of just a couple weeks every six months to earn a master's degree in homeland security in California, Sheriff Hoenisch's absence from office for the last five months ought to have been a banner statewide headline months ago.
But no. Hoenisch (a Democrat) and his nearly six month absence from his office was just noticed now.
Kudos to the Daily Herald for breaking this story. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.