Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
January 12, 2018 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
2018 Institute of Excellence
2018 NACO Institute of Excellence Begins Soon – Enroll Today!
Much of the time serving as an elected official and leading county government is typical of a managerial position in the business world. Officials make decisions and manage the work to best serve their constituencies. Every so often, though, issues pop up that test the abilities of even the most seasoned officials. Quickly the role of being a manager shifts to the role of being a leader. To switch roles effectively one has to understand the difference in skills and qualities required.

The NACO Institute of Excellence is a yearlong professional development program for county officials. Enrollment is now open for the 2018 Institute beginning in March. Several areas of personal leadership development will be presented including one’s:
·        Personality preferences and leadership behaviors
·        Leadership mission
·        Active listening skills
 
Further into the year participants will learn skills for
·        Managing conflicts
·        Leading meetings
·        Corresponding with legislators
 
Topics about influencing others and innovative thinking will move officials to lead at a higher level.

To learn more about registration , class schedules and locations to attend, click on these highlights.
NACO's Legislative Bill Review Day
NACO's Legislative Committee will meet on January 26 to review and take positions on 2018 legislation. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the NACO office at 1335 H Street in Lincoln. 
 
After brief introductory remarks, affiliate groups will meet for discussion of bills pertinent to their membership. After the groups have met, the NACO Legislative Committee will reconvene as a whole to review and take positions on the entire list of bills. All county officials are encouraged to attend or discuss areas of concern with their NACO Board representative prior to the meeting.
 
Because lunch will be provided, please notify the NACO office at (402)434-5660 or leslie@nacone.org if you plan to attend. Because the Legislature is in session, parking around the Capitol may be limited. Public parking is not available behind the NACO office or in the MIPS lot. A parking garage is available at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel at 12th and L Streets.
January County Board Responsibilities
County boards must hold a meeting and select a chairperson in January and set county officials’ salaries by January 15, 2018.

To read more of the responsibility outlined in Nebraska statute for county boards, click here .
2018 NACO Scholarships Available
Nebraska high school seniors who are the children, stepchildren, or under the legal guardianship of county officials or employees are encouraged to apply for one of twelve $1,000.00 NACO scholarships. In addition to the twelve NACO scholarships, a special award, the Ronda Dix Memorial Scholarship, may be awarded to an applicant planning a career in nursing, physical therapy, or another medical field. Additional information and the application form can be found on the front page of the NACO website. The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2018. To access the application from this article, click here .
Legislative Outreach Opportunity
Since the legislative session begins on January 3, it's a great time to reconnect with returning legislators. All county officials are encouraged to meet with their senators to share legislative priorities and establish relationships for the new year. When senators are at home in their districts on weekends and recess days, it's a perfect opportunity to offer tours of county facilities to explain county functions and services.
 
Ideas for hands-on learning could include:
*  A trip around the county to view roads and bridges in need of repair.
* A tour of your county's jail to discuss health care costs, mental health issues, and space issues.
* A discussion of unfunded mandates, including a tour of your courthouse to point out space provided to Probation, Health and Human Services, and other state agencies.
*  A discussion about county levies, valuations, and county fees.
Nebraska Energy Office Applies For Assistance To Local Governments
In 2012, the Nebraska Energy Office developed the Nebraska Energy Assurance Plan (EAP). The Nebraska EAP supports and integrates with the State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP), administered by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, and addresses energy in the event of an emergency. The SEOP also includes local components in the form of Local Emergency Operations Plans (LEOPs) for each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
 
Nebraska Energy Office Director, David Bracht has announced that his office is currently submitting an application to the U.S Department of Energy for competitive funding to use the award to update the Nebraska EAP and to partner with local governments, public power districts, rural electric cooperatives and other utilities to assess and strengthen local energy assurance and resiliency capabilities. This will aid the communities to effectively address the energy aspects of the Local Emergency Operations Plans and improve communications during energy emergencies.

NACO will seek to keep local governments informed of any and all progresses made in this endeavor.
Safe Driver Training Available
Mark Segerstrom, Road Safety Project Manager of the Nebraska Safety Council is offering a free one hour evidence-based PowerPoint presentation covering issues like seat belt and cell phone usage and distracted and defensive driving, pre-trip inspection, roundabouts, and seasonal winter driving. His intent is to remind employees of the dangers on the road and encourage them to be mindful of their driving environment. The more employees that attend the better although due to limited funds, he does need to stay on the eastern side of the state.

If you are interested, he is also available to meet with and talk to administrators about the implementation of a safe driver program or updating a current program. He can provide or share tool kits, policies and pledges from national organizations like NHTSA, FMCSA, DOT, OSHA and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).

To view his introduction and informative flyers, please click here .
Minimum Salary Recommendations Available
2019-2022 Minimum Salary Recommendations Report and Supplemental Information is Now Available

After completing its work, the 2017 Salary Committee forwarded its recommendations for 2019-2022 county elected officials’ salaries to the NACO Board. Following approval of the report by the NACO Board, NACO President William Tielke presented an overview of the report and its contents at the October Legislative Conference at Wildcat Hills. The next day copies of the report and supplemental information was electronically forward to each county board chair and each county clerk. The supplemental information includes: 2017 and anticipated 2018 salaries of all elected officials, deputies, appointed officials, jail administrators and benefit information.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the referenced 2019 – 2022 Minimum Salary Recommendations report and supplemental information, please contact Elaine Menzel at elaine@nacone.org .
2018 Office of Violence Prevention Grants
The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced the availability of a 2018 Office of Violence prevention Grant [OVP]. The Application Instructions outline general guidelines, eligibility, and funding requirements. This information can also be found on the Crime Commission website . The application deadline is February 6.

COMPETITIVE FUNDS AVAILABLE: APPROXIMATELY $350,000.00

Attached you will find the Application Kit Instructions and the Application . You are encouraged to participate and distribute and post this announcement. Please contact Chris Harris, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention at the Nebraska Crime Commission, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4946 by email or call at 402-471-3813 (office) or 402-416-4129 (cell) or fax at 402-471-2837 with any questions.
2017-2018 Directory of County Officials
NACO's 2017-2018 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.

The NACO Directory is also still available in electronic format by selecting the "Directory of County Officials" icon on the NACO webpage. The electronic version is updated on a regular basis and contains the changes that occur between printings of the hard copies.

A printed directory is available for $19.00 if non-taxable and $20.00 if taxable.

County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to larrydix@nacone.org .

The CD order form is available here .
2017 County Board Handbook and Revisions
Newly Revised -- 2017 County Board Handbook and Related Revisions are Now Available

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2017 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2017 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website or by clicking here .

The 2017 County Board Handbooks and Supplements will be available for pickup at the annual conference in December. You can save the shipping charges mentioned above if you fill out the form and email it to Deb Eberly .

If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook or a supplement please contact Deb Eberly or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo
NACo Webinars
County Roles and Opportunities in Advancing Safety and Justice Through Collaboration
Jan. 25, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact: Kathy Rowings
(202) 942-4279

Counties are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to advance safety and justice, as they run 91 percent of all jails with nearly 11 million people admitted every year. Join NACo for a three-part webinar series that will focus on key areas of local criminal justice systems that most affect counties and offer strategies counties can employ to address these issues, make their justice systems work more effectively and efficiently, and ultimately lead to safer and healthier communities. This webinar will highlight ways counties can develop and enhance collaboration and improve information sharing within the justice system, with other systems and between community-based service providers to enhance public safety and improve individual and community outcomes.
January 26, 2018
NACO's Legislative Review Day
NACO Office
1335 H Street
Lincoln, NE
Contact Leslie Preston so lunch numbers can be determined
February 13, 2018

Institute of Excellence
Advanced Institute
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Student Union
Ponderosa Room
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thank you for keeping up to date on the latest NACO News,

Sincerely,

Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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