County’s newly elected officials take office

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Following the results from last November’s elections, several newly elected officials have taken office this month, bringing new faces to the county government.

Tyler Silha, Joe Sharbono, Stacey Nerison and Jayne Mitchell have all been elected to their various positions for the first time.

Silha, Sharbono and Mitchell all ran unopposed in their respective races during the General Election while Nerison won election by roughly 400 votes.

• Nerison was voted into the office of Justice of the Peace, taking over from JP Ed Williamson, who did not seek reelection. She has worked in the Justice Court as the clerk and an occasional substitute judge.

Overall, Nerison hopes to uphold the standards of respect and dignity that she says Williamson established in the office while also working with offenders to make sure they do not have to make repeat appearances.

“(Justice of the Peace Ed) Williamson set a high standard for treating people with common sense and kindness and I hope to truly continue on where he left off,” Nerison said. “I just hope that in my dealing with people, that I can work towards not seeing the same people in court repeatedly.”

Along with her previous experience in the court, Nerison also credits her previous employment at Glendive Medical Center as preparing her for the job. She explained that her work at GMC helped her learned how to deal with people in stressful situations, allowing her to develop a sense of grace under fire. She added that her experience has also taught her how to treat people fairly but also with compassion.

• Tyler Silha was voted the new county coroner, replacing Lance Silha, who did not seek re-election. Tyler has served as the deputy coroner for the last 10 years and believes his experience will help make a smooth transition as he says he was already doing a lot of the same work anyway.

“I think everything will transition just fine because I was basically handling 90 percent of the coroner’s duties before I took office,” Silha said.

Silha said he initially got involved with the coroner’s office because his family’s business, Silha Funeral Homes, is the only facility in the county with morgue storage, so they initially had a lot of contact with county officials anyway. Silha hopes this relationship will continue while he is coroner.

“We just hope to continue a good working relationship with all local law enforcement, the Sheriff’s office, Police Department and Highway Patrol, and just to serve the residents of Dawson County and assist them when they need it,” Silha said.

Among his new responsibilities, Silha will continue many of the same duties he performed as deputy coroner but will also be in charge of many of the financial aspects of the coroner’s office.

• Sharbono was elected the county commissioner for Commissioner District 3, joining Dennis Zander and Gary Kartevold in the commissioners’ office.

With his 30 some years as a business owner and farmer, Sharbono is hoping to bring his experience to his new job to help improve the county’s economy.

“I think all the commissioners and the elected officials pretty much all got the same idea in mind, we all need to figure out how to improve the economy,” Sharbono said.

Sharbono also believes his roughly 14 years of experience as the supervisor for the county’s Roads Department has given him the insight into the operations of the county government that will be needed to be successful in his position.

Overall, Sharbono believed that it was a good time to make a change in his career, saying he accomplished what he wanted to at the Road Department and was ready to take on new challenges.

• Mitchell has been serving as the acting Dawson County Superintendant of Schools for some time now, but was previously appointed to the position. This past election was the first time she was voted into the position.

She could not be reached for comment.

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“(Justice of the Peace Ed) Williamson set a high standard for treating people with commonsense and kindness, and I hope to truly continue on where he left off,”
Stacey Nerison, Justice of the Peace