A former Scotts Bluff County prosecutor and 12th Judicial District judge is remembered as a mentor by those who knew him.
On Saturday, retired Judge Brian Silverman died after suffering a heart attack last week.
Scotts Bluff Attorney Doug Warner and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman remembered the former prosecutor as a man dedicated to his community.
Silverman served as the Scotts Bluff County attorney for 19 years, stepping into the position after then-Scotts Bluff County Attorney Robert Hippe had been appointed a judge.
The current cooperative working relationship between area law enforcement remains Silverman’s lasting legacy, Overman said. He credited Silverman with the creation of the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group Task Force, which formed in 1989.
At the time, only two Nebraska State Patrol investigators did Panhandle-wide drug interdiction.
“He was the driving force in creating the task force,” Overman said, saying that an increase in drug trafficking resulted in an increase in crimes such as theft, robbery, assault and homicide.
“He saw what was going on and said, ‘We need a task force, a group of people whose job it is to go after drugs and violent crime.’ He was persistent in that.”