Fortunately, Christensen has recovered and is back on the job.
This past week, the assailant, Frederick Morris, entered a guilty plea for attacking Christensen and another corrections officer. He is scheduled to get sentenced in September and is facing very stiff penalties for his crimes, as he should.
However, another person who has a lot of responsibility for this incident has thus far escaped any consequences.
Investigation into the assault showed that there was a lot of problems going on in the jail, all stemming from the austerity measures of Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger. These austerity-generated problems included severe overcrowding, a serious staffing shortage, an inoperative intercom system, lack of training and failure to supply Tasers to the officers.
These problems led to other problems as well. For example, due to the staffing shortage, inmates that were allowed out for work release were not being searched when they returned, leading to an influx of contraband, such as cigarettes, drugs and weapons.
Unbelievably, even though this was reported, Karger has done little to fix the problems he helped create. An article regarding Morris' plea also reported this:
The issue of overcrowding remained one year later.
This might not remain so for long. As noted above, Karger is the county administrator for Marathon County. That means he is under a contract for his job, a contract that will eventually come up for renewal.
The question that I hope that Marathon County supervisors are already pondering is whether the problems Karger is causing makes it worth renewing that contract.
I would say that it most certainly does not. They need to hire someone who will look out for the citizens and the taxpayers of Marathon County.