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Joseph Stegall, a Langlade County businessman and former sheriff's department employee, is challenging incumbent sheriff Mark Westen in Tuesday's only Langlade County election contest.

Both men have led spirited campaigns for the position and demonstrated they have a true interest in serving the people of Langlade County and the many visitors who come into the area.

Westen has 25 years in law enforcement experience and was appointed to the position of Langlade County sheriff by Gov. Scott Walker after the resignation of William Greening in 2017.

Stegall, who operates a logging business, served as a corrections officer for the state of Wisconsin and the Langlade County Sheriff's Department.

MARK WESTEN 

Westen is a native of Antigo and Langlade County and after graduation from high school, received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

He explained that an interest in leadership sparked a career in law enforcement and public service.

It was that word, “leadership,” that he stressed during the interview discussing his successes as sheriff since 2017.

“I've changed operations in the sheriff's department,” he said, adding that since his arrival a number of much-needed projects have been launched including an update to the 911 system and still-in-progress, a complete revamp of the complex law enforcement record keeping setup.

“The integration of technology in this profession is a constant,” he said.

Westen said that recruiting qualified officers for the department has been one of his priorities and he has made a number of changes in that area, too.

He added that other changes have been made.

Westen explained that he and his team have intensified professional standards for personnel and have empowered supervisors to lead and impact accountability.

Over his term as a member of the sheriff's department he has been a leader of the tactical team for 15 years and has held a number of other key positions in the department. firearms instructor.

Westen is also active in the community as a member of the Elks Lodge, officer in the Antigo Gridiron Club, volunteer football coach, an active church member, volunteer in the ski patrol at Kettlebowl Ski Hill and a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

“I have made it a priority to maintain positive working relationships with public safety partners, the County Board and the community,” he said.

Westen and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 22 years and have two children, Bradley and Julia.

“It is my goal as a leader in public safety to continue to ensure the opportunities that I have enjoyed exist for all current residents and future residents of Langlade County,” he said.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since I was appointed sheriff,” he said.

JOSEPH STEGALL

Stegall is a lifelong resident of Langlade County and now lives in the Elton area.

He was raised in the White Lake district and graduated with the high school class of 1982 in that community.

He was employed as a corrections officer at the Langlade County Safety Building complex in 2004, serving in a full-time position.

In a previous interview, he explained that he graduated from the Corrections Training Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2001. The program is overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, provides training in supervision of individuals who are incarcerated as well as encouraging the safety of inmates and jail employees.

Stegall and his wife Tammy have children and in fact on Thursday Stegall and his three-year-old grandson were out with campaign cards going door to door.

He served as an officer in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections at the Waupun prison and the same position in the Langlade County Safety Building.

He admits that things have changed in law enforcement since he was in the Safety Building but adds he is up to the task to take over.

“These are not the days of Jack Hoffman and Roland Combs,” he said, referencing the sheriff and undersheriff decades ago.

While he has plans for changes in the department, one of the important features of a Stegall administration would be bringing the officers to the people.

He said it isn't as bad as a “them and us” situation, but added the officers could be closer to the community and offered suggestions for interaction.

He sees the need to have a full contingent of officers in law enforcement and corrections and the very critical dispatch unit.

He also sees a need to bring the problem with opioids and methamphetamine under control, and is frustrated by the number of people arrested on the charges and what appears to be low bonds to leave jail and lighter sentences when they get to court.

Stegall said he understands the pressure on corrections facilities, especially when it comes to drug treatment, but adds “something has to be done.”

He said as sheriff he would come to the office prepared to deal with all of the problems, challenges and rewards of heading the county's law enforcement department.
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In the top photograph, Sheriff Mark Westen and lower, challenger Joseph Stegall.

Westen facing a Stegall challenge
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Joseph Stegall, a Langlade County businessman and former sheriff's department employee, is challenging incumbent sheriff Mark Westen in Tuesday's only Langlade County election contest.

Both men have led spirited campaigns for the position and demonstrated they have a true interest in serving the people of Langlade County and the many visitors who come into the area.

Westen has 25 years in law enforcement experience and was appointed to the position of Langlade County sheriff by Gov. Scott Walker after the resignation of William Greening in 2017.

Stegall, who operates a logging business, served as a corrections officer for the state of Wisconsin and the Langlade County Sheriff's Department.

MARK WESTEN 

Westen is a native of Antigo and Langlade County and after graduation from high school, received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

He explained that an interest in leadership sparked a career in law enforcement and public service.

It was that word, “leadership,” that he stressed during the interview discussing his successes as sheriff since 2017.

“I've changed operations in the sheriff's department,” he said, adding that since his arrival a number of much-needed projects have been launched including an update to the 911 system and still-in-progress, a complete revamp of the complex law enforcement record keeping setup.

“The integration of technology in this profession is a constant,” he said.

Westen said that recruiting qualified officers for the department has been one of his priorities and he has made a number of changes in that area, too.

He added that other changes have been made.

Westen explained that he and his team have intensified professional standards for personnel and have empowered supervisors to lead and impact accountability.

Over his term as a member of the sheriff's department he has been a leader of the tactical team for 15 years and has held a number of other key positions in the department. firearms instructor.

Westen is also active in the community as a member of the Elks Lodge, officer in the Antigo Gridiron Club, volunteer football coach, an active church member, volunteer in the ski patrol at Kettlebowl Ski Hill and a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

“I have made it a priority to maintain positive working relationships with public safety partners, the County Board and the community,” he said.

Westen and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 22 years and have two children, Bradley and Julia.

“It is my goal as a leader in public safety to continue to ensure the opportunities that I have enjoyed exist for all current residents and future residents of Langlade County,” he said.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since I was appointed sheriff,” he said.

JOSEPH STEGALL

Stegall is a lifelong resident of Langlade County and now lives in the Elton area.

He was raised in the White Lake district and graduated with the high school class of 1982 in that community.

He was employed as a corrections officer at the Langlade County Safety Building complex in 2004, serving in a full-time position.

In a previous interview, he explained that he graduated from the Corrections Training Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2001. The program is overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, provides training in supervision of individuals who are incarcerated as well as encouraging the safety of inmates and jail employees.

Stegall and his wife Tammy have children and in fact on Thursday Stegall and his three-year-old grandson were out with campaign cards going door to door.

He served as an officer in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections at the Waupun prison and the same position in the Langlade County Safety Building.

He admits that things have changed in law enforcement since he was in the Safety Building but adds he is up to the task to take over.

“These are not the days of Jack Hoffman and Roland Combs,” he said, referencing the sheriff and undersheriff decades ago.

While he has plans for changes in the department, one of the important features of a Stegall administration would be bringing the officers to the people.

He said it isn't as bad as a “them and us” situation, but added the officers could be closer to the community and offered suggestions for interaction.

He sees the need to have a full contingent of officers in law enforcement and corrections and the very critical dispatch unit.

He also sees a need to bring the problem with opioids and methamphetamine under control, and is frustrated by the number of people arrested on the charges and what appears to be low bonds to leave jail and lighter sentences when they get to court.

Stegall said he understands the pressure on corrections facilities, especially when it comes to drug treatment, but adds “something has to be done.”

He said as sheriff he would come to the office prepared to deal with all of the problems, challenges and rewards of heading the county's law enforcement department.
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In the top photograph, Sheriff Mark Westen and lower, challenger Joseph Stegall.
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