Marathon County Jail Administrator Turns in Resignation

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

UPDATE: 4/18 at 5:49 p.m.

The Marathon County Jail will have a new Administrator starting Monday.

Bob Dickman resigned Wednesday evening, effective immediately, but has a severance agreement with the county.

Since 1988, Dickman has served the Marathon County Jail, but two weeks ago after the brutal attack of two corrections officers, the county has agreed to make some big changes moving forward.

Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator explained those changes on Thursday. He says part of that change was the resignation of Bob Dickman.

In a meeting between Karger, Chief Deputy Scott Parks and Bob Dickman, a severance agreement was decided which will pay Dickman a quarter of his nearly $85,000 salary to help him find other employment.

"We're clear that we were not alleging any misconduct and that we were taking responsibility for giving our jail administrator not the clearest directions or and good ongoing feedback”, explains Karger.

Paul Mergendahl,superintendent at the Marathon County Juvenile Detention, will run the jail for the time being.

Karger says the county will now focus on better use of technology, ensuring inmates feel they are treated with respect and an enhanced training program for employees inside the jail.

UPDATE: 4/18 at 8:31 a.m.

Marathon County Chief Deputy Scott Parks tells NewsChannel 7 that Marathon County Jail Administrator Bob Dickman has resigned. He turned in his resignation Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Dickman has been employed with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department since February of 1988. Paul Mergendahl will take over in the interim. He's also worked for the sheriff's department since 1988.

Dickman's resignation comes just weeks after two corrections officers were injured at the jail. Authorities say Fredrick Morris, 20, became combative on March 27th. He struck Denney Woodward in the face and Julie Christensen in the head. She's still at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Woodward was treated for his injuries and released.

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