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Walker names Chief Deputy Parks new Marathon Co. SheriffSubmitted: 05/08/2013
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WAUSAU - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office could use an image makeover. A year filled with a legal investigation into the sheriff's wife, the sheriff himself resigning and a brutal jail attack will do that.

But a newly named sheriff might be the one to rebuild the department.

Governor Walker named Chief Deputy Scott Parks as the new Marathon County Sheriff today.

Parks has been with the county for the last 33 years.

He's worked as the highway traffic safety coordinator, led the special response team and spent time on the special investigations unit. He became Chief Deputy in 2007.

Governor Walker called Parks a calm and compassionate leader.

We'll get a chance to meet Parks at a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning.

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"Ms. Swaney showed us a presentation about the bats with a speaker and now we're building them," said 7th grader Jackie Wells.

"They have predators and it will kind of keep them safe in their little bat homes," said 7th Grader Connor Lund.

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