MADISON (WAOW) – A man who has worked for the Vilas County Sheriff's Department since 1981 is the new sheriff.
Gov. Scott Walker appointed Chief Deputy Joseph Fath to replace Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich, who died unexpectedly in June.
“Chief Deputy Fath is fiercely dedicated to Vilas County, and its citizens will be well-served by his appointment,” Walker said in a statement Friday.
Fath joined the sheriff's department in 1981 and was named chief deputy in 1995. He helped in planning, designing and constructing the Vilas County Justice Center.
Fath, who earned an associate of science degree from Northcentral Technical Institute, completed a 10-week training program through the FBI Academy in 2005.
Retired Vilas County Sheriff John Niebuhr recommended Fath for the top law enforcement job.
“The pride he has in his chosen profession, his quiet confidence while carrying out duties and his capacity for leading others to perform above and beyond their perceived limitations have served as an inspiration to the deputies under his supervision and to fellow law enforcement colleagues throughout our state,” Niebuhr said.