THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Herlache First Lady Townsend Fire Chief
Issue Date: July 18, 2019
Dawn Herlache has been named the new Townsend Fire Department Chief. The first female to hold the position of Fire Chief in Oconto County, Herlache was promoted from her job as Assistant Fire Chief when Rick Opeila stepped down to take a full-time job with the Townsend Highway Department. Opiela has been with the Townsend Fire Department for over four decades, becoming assistant chief in 1978 and chief in 1983. Under his leadership, the Department has grown into a first-rate volunteer unit.
Herlache received her commission from Town Chair Carla VanCamp at the July Townsend Town Board meeting and was sworn in by Clerk Linda Ziegler. She says she is honored to have been chosen as Chief and stands ready for the challenges currently facing all volunteer fire departments. As owner and operator of My Bar and Birch Hills Resort on the Townsend Flowage, she manages to fit her new duties and many other community service activities into a busy schedule.