Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
January 26, 2018 | | 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.

The February 15 deadline for registration will soon be here!

To learn more about registration , class schedules and locations to attend, click on these highlights.
Legal Line
Court Considers Claim Filed Under the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act (PSTCA)

A claim against a City was for “personal injury, mental anguish, and humiliation” the claimant suffered due to the actions of a police officer, who was acting in the scope of his employment for the City.

To review the court's findings in this case, click here .

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.
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 .
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 .
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.


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 .

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
Resilient Counties: Engaging Your Local Utilities in Disaster Planning and Response
Feb. 6, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
Contact: Jenna Moran
(202) 942-4224

Utilities are vital to the day-to-day life of the average America—whether electric, gas, wastewater or drinking water. When a utility’s service is interrupted, it can pose life threatening challenges to residents. A lack of electricity to power home medical equipment. Untreated water. These issues are heighted in disaster situations. Join us on this interactive webinar to learn how your county can engage its local utilities to improve its resilience in a disaster situation.
Nebraska Weed Control Association
Annual Conference
February 12-14, 2018
Divots Conference Center
Norfolk, NE
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.
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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