Sheriff Gerace administers mediator oath in Mayville

MAYVILLE – The Center for Resolution and Justice held its annual mediator appreciation lunch recently at The Sweet Spot in Mayville.

Mediators were recognized for providing volunteer mediation services to the Chautauqua County community. They are part of the Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolu-tions Centers Program, which is designed to ensure that mediation services are available to all regardless of ability to pay. The Chautauqua County office operates under the umbrella of Child & Family Services.

Chautauqua County mediators have mediated an impressive average of one mediation per day for the past 10 years. Services have been provided in the County for more than 27 years. Those served include health care providers, schools, local employers, government, farmers, families, and individuals. Services are available in both English and Spanish.

A mediator oath was administered by Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace, who has long been a supporter of the CRJ. Gerace was appointed as a full-time Deputy Sheriff in 1979, and has served as Sheriff since Jan. 1, 1995.

“Sheriff Gerace sincerely cares about the community which he serves,” notes Kristen Wright, Coordinator in Chautauqua County. “He appreciates mediation’s ability to help those in dispute to reach a confidential, comprehensive resolution, and his staff shares information about our services with the public. Together, our two offices are making a positive difference for our community.”

RSVP volunteer Carol Rawson, who assists with administrative functions in the CRJ, was also in attendance and was commended for her service to the Center and to the community. Two of the Centers’ mediators also serve as RSVP volunteers.

To learn more about mediation, contact Child & Family Services’ Center for Resolution and Justice at 483-7774 or mail to: You can view the website at