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La Du-Ives Takes Over Marathon County Jail

After months of turmoil and searching for a new administrator, the Marathon County

Jail again has a permanent leader.

Sandra La Du-Ives was selected by Marathon County to run the jail, which has been

experiencing several problems that climaxed with the assault of two corrections officers

by an inmate last winter.

La Du-Ives was the Deputy Administrator for Oneida County’s jail, and has spent the

last eight months as their Administrator after her supervisor, Kaye Juel, died with her

husband in a February house fire.

Sheriff Scott Parks says the Jail Study Committee had already assembled a master

plan for the jail with goals and objectives, and he says La Du-Ives liked the plan. "We

had several national candidates that elected to participate in this process, but once

they received the work plan, they immediately removed their names from the process.

Sandra was just the opposite. She reviewed the document and began providing

positive and constructive critique immediately."

Parks says the nationwide search led them to Le Du-Ives, who came highly

recommended. "She received high recommendations from Oneida County command

staff, and also from the staff of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which

oversees all jail operations in the State of Wisconsin."

The Sheriff says the goal is to turn around a jail program that was clearly having

problems into a model program.

Former administrator Jim Dickman resigned in April, about a month after corrections

officer Julie Christensen was critically injured by an inmate.

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