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Sheriff loses re-election, fires winning deputy

(KELO) A South Dakota sheriff waited a whole minute after polls closed to fire a deputy who undid his re-election bid this week.

Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired deputy sheriff Mark Maggs after Maggs defeated him by a vote of 878-331 in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. Maggs posted his time-stamped termination notice signed by Gramkow on Facebook after polls closed.

Gramkow didn’t give a reason for the firing. South Dakota is a right-to-work state where employees can be fired without cause and the state’s sheriffs have the authority to hire and fire personnel.

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