MADISON (WAOW) - Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he is seeking applicants to replace embattled Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, who retired amid criticism of his work habits and his wife facing possible prison time on drug charges.
Walker said the applicant must live in Marathon County at the time of the appointment. The new sheriff will complete a term ending January 2015.
At a stop in Wausau Tuesday, Governor Walker said he understands the position needs to be filled quickly.
"The sooner people can get applications in the better...We've had sheriffs we've appointed from the sheriff's departments in the past. We've had police chiefs and other law enforcement officials. People are not limited," Gov. Walker said.
The 57-year-old former Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch announced last month that he would retire and his final day in office was last Saturday. Hoenisch was under scrutiny recently after records released in February showed he had spent less than two hours in the office this year. His wife, Kim Hoenisch, is to be sentenced on drug charges next month.
Hoenisch, a Democrat, was re-elected in 2010. His four-year term expires in 2014. Hoenisch won his first election in 2000, and he was re-elected three times. He worked for the sheriff's department since 1974.
Walker said applications will be accepted through April 12. He will then hand-pick a new sheriff from a group of finalists.