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SD Sheriff Fires Deputy Who Defeated Him in Election

June 08, 2018  | 

Bon Homme County (SD) Sheriff Lenny Gramkow lost his re-election bid by a vote of 878-331 in Tuesday's Republican primary election. The man who defeated him was Deputy Sheriff Mark Maggs. There was no Democrat nominee in the race. Consequently, Maggs will begin his four-year term as sheriff in January 2019.

In the meantime, Maggs is unemployed, because precisely one minute after voting results were made public, Gramkow fired Maggs. He did so via social media.

“Mark Maggs: This letter is to inform you that effective immediately you are terminated from the position of deputy sheriff for Bon Homme County. 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. Signed Lenny Gramkow, Bon Homme County Sheriff.”

South Dakota law allows for employers to fire employees without cause, so Gramkow’s termination appears to be legal.


Comments (7)

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David Long @ 6/8/2018 2:52 PM

And you wonder why Unions
are still a necessity? This is why. And it is not an uncommon thing, a "leader" misusing his or her position to avenge perceived slights by someone of a lower position.

Federali @ 6/8/2018 4:46 PM

Hmmm, I may be going out on a ledge here, so to speak, but I'm going to assume that Lenny Gramkow is probably not the best person to be working in law enforcement. I may be wrong, possibly. Good luck to Sheriff Maggs.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/9/2018 12:39 PM

Oops, no hard feelings there, Ha Ha. I have to agree with Federali on this one.

kevcopaz @ 6/9/2018 6:58 PM

Gee I wonder why the citizens voted this idiot out. Just makes him look small and vindictive. Can you imagine how dictatorial he must be over his Deputies? They must all have to vote for him or they get fired. Im surprised he didnt fire the Deputy just for running against him in the first place the petty punk that he is. This took BIG ONES for that Deputy to run against this Sheriff, I congratulate him. What a joke, i hope he goes back to whatever he did before being Sheriff, I would bet it wasn't Law Enforcement. IF it was I bet he was piss poor at it, since obviously he is a petty, unforgiving tyrant. The other Deputies must be dancing in the street now that a real cop will take over. Obviously they cant let the current Sheriff know that or they will be unemployed as well.

Linda @ 6/11/2018 1:18 PM

Talk about sore loser!

tedb @ 6/11/2018 1:35 PM

Perhaps a neighboring department with a PROFESSIONAL sheriff might be looking for a seasonal or short-term deputy? There must be a real leader somewhere in the state.

otj27yrs @ 6/13/2018 9:14 AM

Forget working in the interim. File for unemployment which should be easy to get and use the time to solidify your upcoming position by getting out meeting people and creating good community relations and try to truly understand what issues your constituency actually views as problems and then address those early on in your new office. Good Luck Sheriff Elect Magg. Gramkow shame on you for such a petty and cowardly act that will forever define your tenure in office of which you voted out.

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