January 24, 2012
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Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson will retire at the end of her term this year, opening the door for the possible election of a northern Gila County candidate to the board that controls an array of services. Dawson, a Democrat who lives in Globe, represents District 3, which includes Star Valley, the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation and parts of Globe. In a press release, Dawson said, “It has been great working for improvement in our county. I am proud of the works that have been accomplished and take pride that we, as a county, have thus far survived the worst economic crisis in our country’s history.” Gila County has relied on a multi-million-dollar reserve fund to weather three years of state cutbacks in funding for counties. The county has avoided major cuts in services, which include the sheriff’s department, flood control, planning for unincorporated areas and an array of social services.