Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
County Board Workshop Registration Deadline
May 31
Registration for the 2019 County Board Workshop is online at the NACO website . The agenda is also located on the website for review. Registration after May 31 will add $15 to the registration fee.

The 2019 Board of Equalization Workshop will be held the previous date on June 5. One can sign up for both workshops but each one requires a separate registration.

Also please note that NACO will be offering a reduced registration if you do not want a sack lunch on the final day of the County Board Workshop. Before June 1, workshop registration is $85 without the sack lunch and $100 if you wish to have the sack lunch to eat at the noon closing of the workshop or take it along with you for the travel home.
Budget Workshops Offered in June
Two Budget Workshops will be offered by NACO in June. This workshop will be offered at two locations to better serve counties.

The first workshop will be offered on June 26 in North Platte at the Sandhills Conference Center. The second workshop will be offered on the following day, June 27 at the Holthus Center in York. The agenda for both workshops will be the same. All county officials are invited to attend. Registration cost for each workshop is $50, that will include a budget workshop handbook, a noon luncheon and break items during the day.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. both days with an introduction and Pledge of Allegiance at 8:45. The morning will consist of two sessions that will include a discussion of the roles that county officials play in the budget process, how government is funded and the role that the State Auditor's Office plays. The other morning session will include the identification of functions and legal framework of a capital and annual operating budget, techniques for estimating county reserves and reviewing the adequacy of cash reserves and cash balances.

The afternoon will consist of three sessions dealing with leadership strategies, best practices for budget management and ways of effectively communicating budgetary actions with the public to increase confidence and trust with transparency.

To view the agenda and the registration , click on each highlighted word.
The Nebraska Center For Preparedness is hosting its 17 th annual Symposia Series in June. That’s 17 th years of education, presentations and hands-on learning opportunities held across the state and this year’s event will be no different.
 
  • For those Emergency Managers on the list, we have Jon Rosenlund from Hall County talking about Large Event Planning
  • Anyone interested in the Legal Issues in Disasters, Shirley Peng an attorney from Legal Aid of Nebraska will be discussing legal issues relating to emergencies.
  • Have you noticed that the weather changes have been more extreme than in years past, Dr. Jesse E. Bell will be discussing Climate Change and the impact on public health.
  • Still trying to figure out how Public Health fits into Emergency Preparedness, Igor Hadzisulejmanovic and Dari Olson will be sharing their ideas on how to connect the dots between EM/LE/Fire/Health Care and Public Health.
 
No matter your background, interest or profession - there’s a topic for everyone. Click here for registration information.
NACO Scholarship Recipients
Twelve children of county officials and employees have been selected to receive $1,000 NACO scholarships to assist with college tuition and expenses for the 2019-20 school year. The recipients and the counties of their sponsoring parents are:
 
  • Trysha Brierly, Dawes County
  • Troy Cooley, Jr., Douglas County
  • Daniel Fleischer, Clay County
  • Colby Grossart, Greeley County
  • Logan Gustafson, Nance County
  • Madison Jones, Sarpy County
  • Sadie Lamplot, Cuming County
  • Garret Malander, Nance County
  • Carson Morgan, Howard County
  • Carter Ossian, Butler County
  • Tiana Rice, Morrill County
  • Conner Stevens, Keith County
 
A special scholarship, the Ronda L. Dix Memorial Scholarship, was awarded to Amya Harris-Harper of Sarpy County.

Photos and biographical information about the recipients are available by clicking here .
Governors Appointments
Each year NACO is asked to pass information to all county officials that may be interested in boards and commissions appointed by the Governor.


The wide array of types of boards/commission and positions provides an opportunity for people of many backgrounds, geographic locations, expertise, and a willingness to give back. 
 
There are three options available for completing an application: online, printable .pdf and a pdf version of the application that can be filled in electronically and submitted. All options can be found here .

They are always looking for new people to serve and greatly appreciate the generosity of so many Nebraskans giving their time, talent and expertise to serve.
 
If you have any questions or need additional information about a particular board/commission and/or position, please feel free to contact Kathleen Dolezal , Administrative Assistant to Governor Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Foley at 402-471-2256.
MIPS Bytes
End Of Life (End Of Support) Revisited
 
In the December 30, 2016 MIPS Bytes article, the End-Of-Support for Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 was discussed. It is now 2 1/2 years later and time to cover the topic again.
 
We all know that Windows XP had an End of Support dated April 8, 2014 and Windows Vista had an End of Support dated April 11, 2017. But, did you know that Windows 7 has an End of Support dated January 14, 2020. Even Windows 8 and 10 have End of Support dates set for 2023 and 2025 respectively. Office 2010 has a Mainstream End of Support dated October 13, 2015 and an Extended End of Support dated October 13, 2020.
 
According to Microsoft’s website, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported.” Microsoft also states that “End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.” Now this doesn’t mean that your Windows 7 PC will stop working the day after January 14 th , but without the automatic fixes and updates, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks.
 
In a previous article, I mentioned the possible upgrading of the operating system of your existing PCs with Windows 7 or newer. Sounds simple enough, right? I had a Dell laptop with XP laying around and I thought I could get a few more years out of it by installing Windows 10. After installing Windows 10, everything seemed to work fine until I realized that my display wasn’t as sharp as I remembered with XP. Tried changing the resolution with no luck. So I went to Dell’s website thinking I would update the drivers. Come to find out, even companies like Dell have only specific operating systems supported for specific products. Now with money spent and time wasted, a lesson has been learned.
 
Even Apple / Mac products have an End Of Life. I don’t work with Apple / Mac products much, but it looks like Apple discontinues services sometime between 5 to 7 years after a product is no-longer manufactured. Apple uses terms like Vintage and Obsolete. Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Service may still be available on certain Vintage products, depending on the product and where you live. Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for Obsolete products with no exceptions. For more information on a specific product, click here .
 
With new budgets starting July 1 st , now is the time to start thinking about replacing that old equipment with new PCs using Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.
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 .
News from NACo
NACo Webinars
Making the Most of the 2019 Rankings: Key Takeaways for Counties
Jun. 4, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CDT
Contact Kirsty Fontaine
(202) 942-4236

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps works to improve health outcomes and increase equity across the nation by identifying local health disparities and working to close gaps by moving from data to action. Each year, the Rankings measure important health factors in counties around the country, with a focus this year on key findings concerning housing affordability and its impact on health. Join us online on June 4th at 3pm ET to learn how to use the 2019 Rankings as a live resource and tool for improving health and well-being in your county. Experts from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute—the developers of the Rankings—will discuss new 2019 findings, data measures, and website features – as well as share insight on how to use practical, evidence-based resources and new action learning guides for building a culture of health. NACo staff will also preview other upcoming opportunities on how your county can engage in learnings around the Rankings. Register today!
County Board of Equalization
June 5, 2019
Holiday Inn, Kearney, Nebraska

Clerk of District Court Summer Workshop
June 5 & 6, 2019
Embassy Suites, Lincoln, Nebraska

County Board Workshop
June 6 & 7, 2019
Holiday Inn, Kearney, Nebraska

Clerks, Register of Deeds and Election Commissioners Summer Workshop
June 12 - 14, 2019
Holiday Inn, Kearney

Budget Workshops
Sandhills Convention Center, North Platte
June 26, 2019
Hothus Center, York
June 27, 2019

Assessors Workshop
August 26 - 29, 2019
Gering Civic Center, Gering
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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