WAUSAU - After 12 years at the top of Marathon County Law enforcement, Sheriff Randy Hoenisch will retire soon.
The sheriff held a press conference today in Wausau.
Earlier this week, the Wausau Daily Herald revealed he booked fewer than two office hours so far in all of 2013.
He wouldn't explain why that was, but says that's one of the reasons why he's retiring.
The other is the likelihood that his wife will be sentenced to jail.
An emotional Sheriff Hoenisch began today by addressing his wife's legal troubles.
Kim Hoenisch will be sentenced in April on charges of burglary and misconduct.
She was fired from her job in December as a Marathon County probation and parole agent.
He says the situation had a profound effect on his job as sheriff.
"What I didn't realize at the time was the effect it would have, on every aspect of my life including mentally, physically and emotionally," said Hoenisch.
Sheriff Hoenisch originally wanted to announce his retirement in April.
He described the journey to this decision as an emotional one.
"I would tell people I'm somewhere between suicide and suicide. You can't imagine the rollercoaster ride. And, I guess I forgot to touch on this. The thing that was most difficult, in this whole situation is one shoulder is I see myself as a husband, and the other shoulder I see myself as the sheriff," said Hoenisch.
The main reason for his retiring is to be with his family.
He has 4-year-old twin sons, who sat with him during part of his press conference.
Hoenisch still needs to send in official paperwork regarding his retirement, which he says should take between 2-3 weeks.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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