- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota sheriff’s deputy who was fired by his boss after defeating him in a primary race has found a temporary job at a state prison until he takes office next year.

Former Bon Homme County Deputy Mark Maggs told the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan that he’ll work at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, and part-time for the Avon and Scotland police departments.

Maggs was fired earlier this month after he beat out incumbent Sheriff Lenny Gramkow in the election. Maggs posted his termination notice signed by Gramkow on Facebook, which was time stamped one minute after polls closed on June 5. The sheriff’s office was inundated with negative phone calls that hindered emergency responses after the firing.

Gramkow has said he has no regrets. He also has declined to list the reasons for the termination or comment on the timing.

Maggs won the four-year term in the primary election since no other candidates filed for November’s general election. He’ll become Bon Homme County’s sheriff on Jan. 1.



Until then, the state prison will help cover Maggs‘ loss of insurance, a concern for him and his family.

“My family and I are appreciative of the offers for employment I had not only from Bon Homme County and Scotland, but also for those offers we received from other counties and agencies in South Dakota and Nebraska,” Maggs said.

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

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