Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year. Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June. To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November.
Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment.
He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff. That provision was recently changed.
Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest. Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.
“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains. So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”
At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year. Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.