Commissioners suspend Public Guardian


ARENAC COUNTY — At a special personnel meeting on June 9, the Arenac County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend Sherilyn Jones, the county’s public guardian, without pay while an investigation into her office is performed.

Board Chairman Raymond Daniels said the investigation is being handled by Detective Sergeant David Rivard, West Branch State Police, and that the investigation delves into possible problems with some of the office’s accounts.

“His (Rivard) suggestion to us was to have a forensic audit done on some of the cases (of possible account issues),” Daniels said. “She (Jones) was interviewed by the State Police a couple of different times (before the suspension).”

According to Daniels, the public guardian handles estates for elderly people recommended to her by the Arenac County Probate Court.

“There’s right around 80 some clients that she’s the conservator for, or that she handles money for,” he said.

In Jones’ absence, Melissa Prohaska, an employee of the county’s Michigan State University Extension, is handling public guardian duties per an appointment made on June 12.

Daniels also said that the investigations into Jones’ office didn’t stem from client complaints and that the issues could be turn out to be simple bookkeeping errors.

Jones could not be reached for comment as of press time.


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NASGA is an organization of victims and families working to expose and end unlawful and abusive guardianships/conservatorships -- a growing national epidemic.

Guardianship wards are stripped of all rights: the right to decide where to live and whom to associate with, how to spend (or save!) ones own money, to accept or refuse medical treatment -- or even ask for a second opinion, marry, vote, etc. Most important, wards are stripped of the right to complain.

With the fox guarding the henhouse and the hens muzzled, guardians and their attorneys can easily unjustly enrich themselves at the expense and to the detriment of the very person they have been court-appointed to protect.

Many wards are forcibly taken from their homes and isolated in nursing homes against their will – and family is not permitted to visit or have information or input regarding medical “care”. Wards die prematurely – alone and afraid. The devastation victims and families suffer at the hands of the system haunts them for the rest of their lives.

And where do the victims go for help? Many go to the AG, only to be turned away because the abuse has been court-sanctioned.

Visit NASGA at or NASGA’s blog at for more information.


Elaine Renoire


Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | Report this

Hurray for the Arenac County Board of Commissioners. Guardianship abuse is rampant, in part, because those who should be watching guardians are, instead, looking the other way.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Report this

I completely agree that when Guardianship is mishandled and not treated with the proper amount of responsibility that goes along with it then action needs to be taken, but this was not the case with Sherilyn Jones. I have known Sherilyn for over nine years and NEVER have I known her to do anything but help others. She was always on call 24/7 no matter what was going on in her life she was always available for her clients. She looked out for them and tried to make them happy. Despite the fact that Sherilyn's life has been filled with tragedy including the death of her son and 3 close family friends in a car accident a few years ago and the burning down of her house a year ago she remained the constant that her clients needed. I went with her several times to visit clients and every single one of them had a smile on their face when Sherilyn walked through the door. She would talk to them and ask them how they were doing or if they needed anything most of the time leaving with a hug and promises to come back and visit soon. Even in her every day life you can see the ridiculousness of these charges. Sherilyn is a 4-H leader who was often in the paper for loaning out her time as well as her animals to better the community, she always gave everything she had to anyone who needed it despite the fact that she didnt have much herself. I truly hope that there is some justice in this world and her name will be cleared because if she is charged of these totally false accusations it leaves me no hope for this world, who is so willing to put the closet thing to a modern day saint that I have ever met behind bars

Friday, December 11, 2009 | Report this

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