Sheriff Fires Deputy For Beating Him In Election
Bon Homme County, S.D.
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Timeline: What we know about Jayden Lopez
ߦ   Funerals Today for Kansas deputies killed in line of duty
ߦ   Mother Of 'Little Jacob' Identified, Arrested
ߦ   Bureau of Justice Assistances Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
ߦ   Burned body identified as missing Texas college student
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Daily Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Closing arguments could begin today in murder trial of Terry Thompson
ߦ   Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard 100
ߦ   DA fires prosecutor who provided information to FBI
ߦ   DEA wins national award for its website targeting college drug abuse
ߦ   Deputy fatally shoots person at campsite in Oregon forest
ߦ   Drunk Driving Victims Caution Others Against Drinking and Driving
ߦ   Employee Subdues Donut Shop Robbery
ߦ   Feds unexpectedly drop charges against 17 immigrants
ߦ   Help Us Identify This Robbery Suspect
ߦ   La Marque cop won't face charges in fatal shooting of man who allegedly attacked him with sword
ߦ   Man Jailed In San Leon Drug Raid
ߦ   Navajo commission aims to raise awareness of hate crimes
ߦ   NYU Professor Releases Personal Info On Almost 1,600 ICE Agents
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrest Summary
ߦ   Police Chief's Weekly Blotter
ߦ   Police: 9 unrelated threats before Santa Fe school shooting
ߦ   Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive, Gang Member from Nacogdoches
ߦ   Sketch artist’s work has helped solve 1,200-plus cases
ߦ   Two Sentenced For Providing Support to ISIS
ߦ   Hero Down: Correctional Officer Tawanna Marin Killed During Roadside Cleanup
ߦ   Investigation into Male Found Deceased at 808 North York Street
ߦ   Trooper Declared A National Hero After Stop Of Slow Left Lane Driver Goes Viral
ߦ   10-year BCSO veteran arrested, charged with felony sexual assault of a child
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Weekend Arrests Summary
ߦ   DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 1994 Murder of then 17-Year-Old in Frio County
ߦ   Elizabeth Smart kidnapper skips parole hearing in Utah
ߦ   Family Sues Officer Who Shot Plain-Clothes Detective During Headquarters Ambush
ߦ   Galveston County Sheriff's Office - Daily Bulletin
ߦ   Hero Down: CBP Collections Operations Manager Christopher Bacon Killed In Crash

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:



The sheriff of Bon Homme County fired the deputy who challenged him in the primaries as soon as he was defeated.

Bon Homme County, SD – Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow demonstrated incredibly poor sportsmanship when he fired the deputy who had just beaten him one minute after he lost in a landslide.

Deputy Mark Maggs defeated Sheriff Gramkow in the Republican primary election with 878 votes to the sheriff’s 331 votes, the Dakota Free Press reported.

There is no Democratic candidate, so Deputy Maggs will become the sheriff in January.

But Deputy Maggs may spend the next half a year with no way to support his family.

Shortly after he learned of his defeat, Sheriff Gramkow fired off a letter to Deputy Maggs that informed the deputy that he had been relieved of duty, effective immediately.

The letter was dated June 5 at 7:01 p.m., one minute after the election closed.

“This letter is to inform you that effective immediately you are terminated from the position of deputy sheriff for Bon Homme County,” read the letter that was written entirely in capital letters.

“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,” the sheriff wrote. And then he signed the letter himself.

While now former-Deputy Maggs’ ascension to the sheriff’s job may be a certainty, what happens to the deputy’s income and health benefits in the meantime is at issue.

South Dakota law gives the sheriff broad authority in hiring and firing deputies, according to the Dakota Free Press.

Dakota Free Press reported that there is precedent which supported the sheriff’s power “to employ only those deputies whom he feels can support his policies and goals.”

The newly-elected sheriff-to-be told Blue Lives Matter he was meeting with the Bon Homme County commissioners at noon on June 7 to explore his options.

Sheriff Gramkow did not return Blue Lives Matter's request for comment by the time of this writing.



Comments:
A similar thing happened years ago when a local sheriff's deputy ran for sheriff. Although he didn't win the election, he was terminated and relieved of duty within minutes of the new sheriff being sworn in on January 1, 2001.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 6/8/2018 2:18:13 PM

When you are beten by 547 votes in an election with only 1209 voting the voters must really not like you. Obviously Sheriff Gramokw was bad at his job. Just as obvious is his lacks any character, sense of honor or integrity.
Sheriff Maggs I wish you the best of luck in your new job!
Posted by Patrick at 6/8/2018 4:27:45 PM

Just plain dirty "Politic's"!! Period!!
Posted by Big Al at 6/15/2018 9:39:07 PM

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.