By Don Nelson

Winthrop Mayor Sue Langdalen announced Wednesday (May 7) at the Town Council meeting that the town’s next marshal is a woman: Rikki Schwab, currently an officer with the Norfolk, Va., police department.

Langdalen did not have additional information that she could share about Schwab at press time for the News. She said that as far as she knows, Schwab will be the town’s first female marshal, although the town has had female deputies.

Schwab is scheduled to be introduced and sworn in at the May 21 council meeting and will start work the next day, Langdalen said.

“I’m just thrilled. She is very personable and very, very qualified,” Langdalen said of Schwab. “She has lots of experience in many areas.”

Langdalen said that Schwab indicated she wanted to move to the West Coast to be closer to family.

Schwab was one of two finalists to fill the vacancy left by former Marshal David Dahlstrom, who resigned in December. Deputy Ken Bajema, who did not apply for the marshal’s position, has been filling in as interim marshal.

The town is still looking for a second deputy to replace Seth Carlson, who resigned in January. Bajema has been the town’s sole full-time police officer since Carlson left, although the town has hired part-time officers on a temporary basis. Langdalen said the other position won’t be filled until Schwab becomes the marshal.