Carbon students get first hand look at county government
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County 911 dispatcher Justin Markell explains the dispatching controls to student during Government Day. The students, from left, representing Jim Thorpe Area High School are Lauren Zurn, Michael Kalage and Bridget McFadden, and from Lehighton Area High School Maria Magyar.
Dozens of Carbon County high school students learned how their county government and courts work on Thursday.
The students, from Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weatherly, Panther Valley, and Palmerton school districts, and Marian Catholic High School, gathered in the commissioners' meeting room at 8:30 a.m. They then walked to the ornate Courtroom No. 1 to be greeted by President judge Roger N. Nanovic.
The students listened to Court Administrator Roberta Brewster, Chief Adult Probation Officer Ronald Kokinda, Sheriff's Office Lieutenant David Midas describe their jobs, and their duties interwine to make sure the wheels of justice turn smoothly.
The students then met Clerk of Courts William McGinley, Assistant District Attorney Jean Engler, Prothonotary Joann Behrens, and Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court Judy Moon. they were also learned about the duties of Public Defender Greg Mousseau, Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, and jury commissioners JoAnne Maurer and Joseph Steber.
From there, the students attended a public meeting of the Carbon County commissioners, where they met commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein, Vice-Chairman Thomas J. Gerhard, and Commissioner William O'Gurek. After the public commissioners' meeting, they met county Controller Robert Crampsie, Treasurer Ronald Sheehan, and Recorder of Deeds Emmett McCall, who described their jobs and what those jobs entail. The students introduced themselves and asked questions.
After a lunch break, the students toured the county 911 center, and learned about the county prison operations from Crampsie, who is president of the Carbon County Prison Board, and Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz.