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Marathon Co. jail’s action plan never implemented by former Sheriff Hoenisch

Marathon County Sheriff's Department
Marathon County Sheriff's Department

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - An action plan to solve problems at the Marathon County Jail was written before two jailers were attacked by an inmate in March – but it was never carried out.

County Administrator Brad Karger tells the Wausau Daily Herald that former sheriff Randy Hoenisch created action plans for all parts of the sheriff’s department.

The one for the jail was the only one left on the shelf, and Karger could not explain why.

The administrator said Hoenisch had scheduled meetings to address the jail concerns, but he later canceled them.

The action plan was drafted after a survey in 2010 which uncovered widespread dis-satisfaction by corrections’ personnel.

Hoenisch retired in March to spend more time with his family. That’s because his wife is about to go to prison for stealing painkillers from offenders she supervised as a probation officer.

Chief Deputy Chad Billeb said division leaders in the sheriff’s department were typically responsible for carrying out the action plans.

Former jail administrator Bob Dickman resigned in mid-April, and has not said why his area’s plan was not carried out.

The man who allegedly attacked the guards, Fredrick Morris, is facing charges that include aggravated battery.

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