About Commissioner Sherman
Nick is currently serving in his first term as Washington County Commissioner. He sought office to ensure that the people of Washington County have a transparent, honest, and efficient government that puts working families first and provides good jobs, safe communities, and a future for our young people.
In response to COVID-19, Commissioner Sherman was an originator of a multi-county lawsuit against Governor Tom Wolf putting an end to harmful lockdowns and mandates. Commissioner Sherman allocated funds to support small businesses, nonprofits, and volunteer fire departments, and approved the Small Business Relief Grant program, providing $7.9 million of federal CARES Act funds for financial assistance during pandemic hardship. Along with his colleagues, Commissioner Sherman created the Washington County Hospitality Industry Relief Grant, which assisted 97 Washington County businesses and supported more than 1,200 jobs in the county through nearly $2.2 million in grant funding awarded to some of the hardest hit during the pandemic.
As a fiscal conservative, Commissioner Sherman continues to keep Washington County taxes as one of the lowest in the Commonwealth. Commissioner Sherman eliminated the automatic annual pay raise for Commissioners and Row Officers in Washington County which has been effective since 2002. Commissioner Sherman continues to support economic development projects that have resulted in new jobs and investments in our communities.
A top priority of the Commissioner has been advancing a new 911 radio communications system, ensuring the integrity of emergency call delivery. Additional accomplishments during Commissioner Sherman’s tenure include privatizing senior citizens' meals, improving food quality while saving costs; adopting a County Fleet System for vehicles, saving significant taxpayer dollars; and privatizing healthcare in the prison system, cutting both financial costs and transport time for Sheriffs.
Prior to being elected, Nick served as an executive in the nonprofit sector, providing vital services to the community through court diversionary programs designed to restore families and protect the community. His experience helped him to create a much-needed Human Services Department in the County, eliminating duplicate services and providing better quality of service at a cost savings.
In his professional career, Nick worked for then Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher, State Representative Mark Mustio, and Congressman Tim Murphy. Nick was recognized in 2003 by President George W. Bush as the youngest District Director in a Congressional office.
A staunch defender of the Second Amendment, Nick belongs to several local sportsman’s clubs, the National Rifle Association, and Firearms Owners Against Crime.
He is a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peters, Masonic Lodge 164 of Washington, and the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh.
Nick grew up in Union Township and, after high school, worked for his father's construction company while also attending Clarion University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science. Nick holds multiple certificates in domestic violence, anger management, pediatric alcohol abuse and is a state-certified victim advocate. Nick most recently completed the invitation-only Young American Leaders Program through Harvard Business School.
Nick resides in North Strabane with his wife, Heather, their two children, daughter Hadley and son Maxwell, and his two best friends, his dogs Bailey and Covee.
In addition to meeting and speaking with residents of Washington County, Nick enjoys being outdoors hunting and fishing, coaching his son’s football team, and playing tennis with his daughter.