South Dakota sher­iff loses re-elec­tion, fires win­ning deputy

Manteca Bulletin - - Dollars & Sense -

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sher­iff waited a whole minute af­ter polls closed to fire a deputy who un­did his re-elec­tion bid this week.

Bon Homme County Sher­iff Lenny Gramkow fired deputy sher­iff Mark Maggs af­ter Maggs de­feated him by a vote of 878-331 in Tues­day’s Re­pub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion. Maggs posted his time- stamped ter­mi­na­tion no­tice signed by Gramkow on Face­book af­ter polls closed.

“As of this mo­ment you are no longer an em­ployee of Bon Homme County,” Gramkow wrote. He didn’t give a rea­son for the fir­ing. South Dakota is an em­ploy­ment-atwill state where em­ploy­ees can be fired with­out cause, with ex­cep­tions. The state’s sher­iffs also have the author­ity to hire and fire per­son­nel.

Gramkow de­clined to com­ment about the fir­ing.

No other can­di­dates filed for the race, mean­ing that Maggs will as­sume of­fice in Jan­uary. But for now, the fa­ther of four is out of work. He planned to meet with the county com­mis­sion on Thurs­day.

Some res­i­dents started an on­line pe­ti­tion to have Maggs re­in­stated as deputy sher­iff, but he said that it’s un­nec­es­sary.

“I trust our county com­mis­sion­ers heard your voices (Tues­day) night through the elec­tion results, and I also trust that they will stand with my fam­ily and I (in) the way you all have and en­sure that my fam­ily will not be left hang­ing with­out an income or in­sur­ance,” Maggs said.

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