Carbon Democrats

Elected Officials

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Bruce Nalesnik

Bruce A. Nalesnik, elected Coroner, is accountable directly to the citizens of Carbon County for the responsibilities of the Office of Coroner as mandated by PA law. The Carbon County Coroner’s Office performs professional, specialized investigative work in order to determine the cause and manner of death. The investigator gathers information and evidence related to the cause of death and other vital factors surrounding the death.  The coroner and his staff conduct their investigation in a professional manner in cooperation with, but independent, of all other investigative agencies. His mission is to investigate the cause and manner of death of persons who die within the boundaries of Carbon County as defined by the Pennsylvania County Code. The Office of the Coroner is an independent office that investigates and documents the facts and circumstances surrounding deaths over which the Coroner’s Office has jurisdiction.

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Gary F. Dobias

District Attorney Gary F. Dobias grew up in Palmerton and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and received his law degree from Memphis University in 1974.  He maintained a general law office in Jim Thorpe and was an Assistant District Attorney from 1980 until he was elected District Attorney in 1991. District Attorney Dobias is the chief law enforcement officer in Carbon County and supervises a staff of six Assistant District Attorneys, a County Detective, a Victim-Witness Coordinator and three clerical staff.  The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of all adults and juveniles who are accused of violating the criminal laws of Pennsylvania.

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Joann M. Behrens

I began my career in the Prothonotary’s Office in January 1979. I ran for and was elected Prothonotary in November 2003 and I am currently in my second four-year term. The Prothonotary’s office is the keeper of civil  records. An up-to-date file is maintained on each case daily and is readily available to the court/public. Protection from Abuse, Custody and Divorce cases are family matters that are increasing daily.  Passport applications are processed and notary affidavits are also part of the daily process that takes place. The public is always welcome to call or stop by with questions they may have. We’re here to serve you!

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Emmett McCall

Emmett P. McCall, Recorder of Deeds is a lifelong resident of Carbon County. I became office holder in 2000; my office employs three full time employees and one part time.  In 2000 my office adopted an Affordable Housing Program; the fee is implemented as part of the recording fee for each document.  This program generates approximately $80,000 to $100,000 per year and will assist low income families.  Although Carbon County has numerous applicants, those who qualify are assisted with home improvements such as: siding, plumbing & heating systems, roofing, windows and etc.  There are various areas and stipulations to become part of this program.  One stipulation is the current homeowners must maintain ownership for a certain number of years or the contract is considered void and they must repay all monies.  This program generates between five and ten homes per year. Another project that I have accomplished in my office is restoring all the Old deed book covers back to 1846, the forming of Carbon County. We upgrade our computer system about every four years, we are also working on Back Scanning this process will put all deeds prior to 1988 on the computer which will in turn make them accessible on the internet.  All of these projects are funding through a fund in the Office called Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund² this is also part of our fee collection and is not passed on to the taxpayers at any point.  If my office can be of any assistance to anyone at anytime, please, feel free to contact myself or the staff anytime.

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Judy Moon

Judy F Moon, Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court of Carbon County has held the office since Nov 1994.  I am a resident of Carbon County for the past 22 years and active member in various organizations throughout Carbon County.  I am quite proud of the caliber of work that comes out of my office and I have a staff that I am very happy to work with.  We try to accommodate everyone that deals with my office and along with that we maintain both current and historic records for the county.  We have computerized many of our records making it easier for research purposes and have made  various records available to the public on line.  Myself and my staff are there to offer assistance to anyone requiring it.

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William O’Gurek

William J. O’Gurek is currently serving in his ninth year on the Carbon County Board of Commissioners. He was elected to the board in the 2003 election and took office the following January. In addition to serving as board chairman, O’Gurek oversees the county’s Retirement, Salary, Railroad and Elections boards and also is a member of the Carbon County Prison Board, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance and Poconos Counties Workforce Investment Board. Prior to being elected commissioner, O’Gurek served for 10 years as the Carbon County Prothonotary, the overseer of the civil records in the Court of Common Pleas. Prior to that, he served as Summit Hill Mayor for 10 years. He and his wife Siobhan reside in Summit Hill. They are the parents of a son, William Jr., and a daughter Erin.

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Dwight Nothstein

Dwight L. Nothstein, Sheriff of Carbon County since 1995. A servant of the people of this county all his life. An Eagle Scout, was an Assistant Fire Chief, a Military man and now a Sheriff. Dedicated to uphold The Constitution of The United States. Our main goal is the safety of everyone that comes into our three facilities. My staff is ready to assist in Civil and Criminal process. We also do passports and Gun permits. The office issues License to Sell Precious Metal and License to Sell Firearms. Call 570-325-2821 for more details.

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Robert M. Crampsie

Robert M. Crampsie has served the residents of Carbon County as their Controller since 1992. The Controller is the elcted chief fiscal officer of the county and supervises fiscal affairs. These fiscal affairs include all of the accounts and official acts relating to elected officials and other county employees who collect, receive, hold or disburse public monies of the county. The Controller ensures that all revenue received is properly accounted for and all expenditures are done in accordance with law. As Secretary of the County Retirement Board. The Controller administers the County Retirement System serving 503 active members and 213 retirees with plan assets of $60 million.

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Ronald Sheehan

Ronald J Sheehan, is serving his third term as Carbon County Treasurer. Prior to taking office Mr. Sheehan served ten years as Accountant/Fiscal deputy in the county Controller’s office. he also served eight years on Jim Thorpe Borough Council. As treasurer, Mr. Sheehan’s office acts as the central bank for the county. He handles the receipt, deposit, transfer and distribution of county funds. His office is the licensing agent for the Commonwealth of Pa. the treasurer’s office issues hunting licenses, doe permits, fishing and  dog licenses, pistol permits, bingo and small games of chance licenses,.  As treasurer, Mr. Sheehan also serves as a voting member of the county retirement board.