Deputy fired after winning election offered temporary job

June 15, 2018 - 1:29 pm

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sheriff's deputy who was fired by his boss after defeating him in a primary race has been offered another county job until he assumes the sheriff's role.

Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Mark Maggs after Maggs beat him in the June 5 election.

With no other candidates filing for November's general election, Maggs will win a four-year term that starts Jan. 1.

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports that county commissioners on Thursday voted to offer Maggs another job to tide him over until he takes office. It's not yet known what the job entails or whether Maggs will accept it.

The sheriff's office was inundated with negative phone calls that hindered emergency responses after the firing. Gramkow says he has no regrets.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the election happened June 5, not last Tuesday.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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