Tuesday was election day in many states. As the democratic process shakes out in local elections, most of which were primary races, upsets are bound to occur. One of those upsets has resulted in a deputy sheriff in a small town getting fired. Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Maggs wom his primary bid. Shortly after, the Sheriff fired Maggs.
The shake up has hit the town of Tyndall in Bon Homme County, South Dakota hard. Deputy Mark Maggs is still running for sheriff, but is no longer part of the department.
Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired him right after the election results were announced. Deputy Maggs posted a photo of his termination letter to Facebook and it has since gone viral.
“This letter is to inform you that effective immediately you are terminated from the position of deputy sheriff,” the letter states.
“Currently, KSFY News does not know the specific reason why Maggs was fired from deputy sheriff,” the local news agency writes, “but people in town said they cannot believe that their current sheriff would do something like this after losing the primary election.”
“Personally, I think that the move that he did by firing him was really childish,” Nick Kruse of Tyndall told reporters. “I think the right person was picked for the job.”
Deputy Maggs has been public about his termination, yet he hasn’t gone on record yet about reasons for the firing. He’s expected to make statements Thursday.
As for Sheriff Gramkow, it appears that his constituency has lost faith in his leadership. His decision to fire Maggs is drawing national scrutiny. He’s yet to comment on the termination and has provided no reason for the termination.
Bon Homme County Commissioner Russell Jelsma has spoken out and says that the sheriff has the authority to fire his deputies. “It’s happened in other cases,” he said.
The county board will meet Thursday to discuss other matters, but this will surely be on the agenda. “I’m sure it will be discussed,” Jelsma said. “The board will get together [Thursday],” he said, “and we’ll see where it goes from there.”