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Fath begins as Vilas County SheriffSubmitted: 09/06/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Fath begins as Vilas County Sheriff
EAGLE RIVER - Everyone wants a promotion and today in Vilas County, an employee of over three decades to become the newest Sheriff.

Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath was sworn in to his new role this morning. Fath was appointed by Governor Walker as Sheriff after the death of former Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich.

"I'm excited [to be] accepting some of the new responsibilities and the new duties as sheriff. I look forward to working with other municipal and government officials as well as our county board," says Joe Fath, Vilas County Sheriff.

Fath doesn't have too many specific goals on his agenda. But he is already hard at work.

"This coming Monday we meet with our law enforcement committee to address our budget and put together a 2014 budget, which is going to be a challenge," said Joe Fath.

Fath is looking forward to the challenges. But he never planed on being Sheriff.

"I've been with the department thirty-two years, I've been chief deputy for the past eighteen years, so it never really was my goal to be sheriff," says Joe Fath.

Fath will fill the rest of this year term, ending in 2015. He also plans to run for Sheriff another term after that.

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