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New Marathon County Sheriff named on Facebook photo ahead of time

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A new sheriff for Marathon County could be announced as early as Wednesday – but it appears that somebody has spilled the beans on Facebook.

For a short time Monday, Trinity Lutheran School in Wausau had a photo on its Facebook page which showed Governor Scott Walker posing with Chief Deputy Scott Parks and his wife Theresa.

She runs the early childhood learning center at Trinity – and the photo indicates that Walker has chosen Parks as the new sheriff. The photo was removed from Facebook within an hour, but WSAU Radio in Wausau captured the picture and placed it on its Web site.

The station says tweets indicate that Walker will announce Parks’ appointment as the new sheriff Wednesday. Neither Parks nor the governor’s office has commented.

Parks has been filling in for Randy Hoenisch, who announced his retirement in February. He said he needed to be with his family, as his wife awaits sentencing for stealing painkillers from offenders she supervised as a former state probation agent.