By Paul Schmitt
Door County elected the second-ever woman to the office of Sheriff Tuesday night. Lieutenant Tammy Sternard defeated Chief Deputy Pat McCarty by 323 votes in a closely contested race. The final count was 8,609 to 8,286. Final results came in shortly after 10:30 pm after waiting on Baileys Harbor for with the final precinct report. Sternard will now replace Sheriff Steve Delarwelle, who chose not to run for re-election. She says she is looking forward to taking over the new leadership position in the Sheriff’s Office.
Sternard will take office in 2019. She becomes the second woman to be elected Door County Sheriff. Gloria Bridenhagen was elected in 1966 and served two years. Current Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says Bridenhagen succeeded her husband, Hollis “Baldy” Bridenhagen, who had to step down due to term limits. Gloria was succeeded by Baldy two-years later when he became eligible to run again.