Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday

Sep 6, 2013

Vilas County squad car

Governor Scott Walker has named long-time Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath as the county's new sheriff.

Fath succeeds Frank Tomlanovich who died in June after a brief illness. Tomlanovich was elected as sheriff in 2010.

Fath says he is excited to begin, but challenges await...


"....I'm excited with my new position and the some of the duties I'm going to be involved with. Obviously we face some challenges ahead of us, particularly with the budget..."

Fath begins his duties on Sunday.

Fath has worked in the Vilas County Sheriff’s office since 1981, and has been Chief Deputy since 1995. During his tenure, he facilitated the planning, design, and construction of the current Vilas County Justice Center. He also worked as a detective sergeant and as a deputy sheriff on patrol. Fath is also involved with the Vilas County Project Lifesaver Program.

Fath completed a 10-week training program through the FBI Academy in 2005. He also has received additional training regarding rural policing strategies through the Rural Executive Management Institute. Fath is involved in a variety of community activities, including the Vilas Vision Leadership Program.