BON HOMME COUNTY, S.D. – A South Dakota sheriff who lost his re-election bid to his own deputy in a landslide wasted no time in retribution toward his employee, … uuuhhh, former-employee.
One minute after polls closed, Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Sheriff Mark Maggs, who won by 878-331, reported New York Post.
In a letter date June 5 at 7:01 p.m., moments after the Republican primary closed, Gramkow sent a biting message to Maggs in all caps.
“Mark Maggs: This letter is to inform you that effective immediately you are terminated from the position of Deputy Sheriff for Bon Homme County,” Gramkow wrote. “As of this moment you are no longer an employee of Bon Homme County. Please turn in all equipment belonging to Bon Homme County by 5 p.m. on June 6, 2018.”
Do you think it seems a little bitter?
Maggs posted a picture of the termination letter to Facebook along with the caption, “Here’s the Integrity of Lenny Gramkow.”
South Dakota is an employment-at-will state where employers can fire subordinates without cause, according to the Associated Press. State sheriffs also have authority to hire and fire employees with or without cause.
The report did not indicate differences in philosophy during the campaign.
Yet Maggs’ platform included addressing the growing drug problem in the county with promises to add a K9 program to the Sheriff’s Department.
Some residents started an online petition to have Maggs reinstated as deputy sheriff, but he said that it’s unnecessary, reported WTHR.
“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.
Perhaps the response to his current condition is why the residents overwhelmingly voted for him to be their next sheriff?
As of this moment, no Democrats or Independents have declared their run for the position of sheriff. If there is no further opposition, Maggs will assume office in January. However, in the meantime, he is unemployed.
The Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office told The Post it did not have a comment at this time. Gramkow declined to comment in a phone call, according to the news agency.