Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
February 23, 2018 | | NACO E-Line Archive
NACO Board of Directors Adopts
Transition Plan
A change in executive leadership is inevitable for all organizations and can be a very challenging time. The NACO Board of Directors has approved the initial workings of such a plan that will prepare NACO for an eventual change in leadership to ensure the stability and accountability of NACO.
The NACO Board of Directors will be responsible for implementing this plan and its related procedures. It is the responsibility of the Board to assess the long-term leadership needs of the organization to help ensure the selection of a qualified and capable leader who is a good fit for NACO’s mission, vision, values, goals and objectives, and who has the necessary skills to lead and manage the organization.
To ensure NACO’s operations will continue and provide a gradual transition to new leadership, the NACO Board will begin the process of recruiting and hiring a Deputy Director. The hiring of a deputy director shall ensure that NACO provides an opportunity for education and transition of responsibilities to operate with minimal disruption and that all organizational commitments are adequately executed.
This plan will guide NACO through the transition of a planned diminishing role of the current Executive Director. The purpose of the transition plan is to ensure continuous coverage of executive duties, critical to the ongoing operations and organization’s sustainability, and for when the current Executive Director plans a future retirement or departure date. The objective for this process is to share the expertise of the departing Executive Director with the potential successor while simultaneously preparing the organization. Ideally, the departing Executive Director’s input, along with involvement from the NACO Board will make this an effective plan to ensure continuity in external relationships and with staff, while promoting an environment of operational effectiveness under new leadership.
The timeline for this process will be continually monitored by the NACO Board as the timelines in the plan are met.
If you know of someone who may be interested in applying for this position, NACO will begin accepting applications this spring. More information on the application acceptance and process will be forthcoming soon. The spring NACO district meetings will also be used as a forum for this topic.
Grants To Support Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders
Apply Now!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has posted grant funding opportunities to support counties' work to support individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. Several grant programs are available to support efforts such as law enforcement diversion and homelessness initiatives.

Opioid Issues

Planning For Disaster Recovery
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Recovery Section is proud to present the Planning for Disaster Recovery Webinar Series. This free three part series seeks to deepen the knowledge and skills of participants who engage in the disaster recovery process. Topics covered will include the disaster process, recovery program requirements, preparing for recovery before a disaster strikes , as well as an introduction to the brand new, FEMA Grants Portal.
Target audience will include: local elected officials; local health officials; county emergency managers ; college/university officials, county highway superintendents; city administrators; city/county clerks; and city/county treasurers.
Opportunities To Serve On State Boards Or Commissions
This week we have been reminded that the weather is ever changing in Nebraska. An indoor activity that can be enjoyed and provides an opportunity to give back is serving on a board and/or commission.
Kathleen Dolezal, Administrative Assistant to Governor Ricketts and Lt. Governor Foley is once again requesting our assistance in getting the word out about the many opportunities to serve on boards and commissions that are open with a wide variety of positions. Included are three listings of positions that are open for appointment both in the upcoming months and positions that are yet to be filled . Any assistance that you can provide in promoting all of the openings on the boards and commissions would be greatly appreciated. The application form can be completed by clicking here under “Constituent Services.”

Dolezal says, "It is always amazing to me the diversity of interests that applicants have when they apply for several very uniquely different boards and commissions. I am humbled every day by how truly dedicated, hard-working, and talented Nebraskan are and that they are willing to give freely of their time and talents to serve."
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 .
Grants Training Available
Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, March 1-2, 2018. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

To read more about the training, click here .
2018 Justice Reinvestment Grants
The Crime Commission would like to announce the Application for the County Justice Reinvestment Grant Funds is now available on the Crime Commission website, under the Grant Announcements tab, located here . Included with the application are instructions, the statute that creates and governs the program, and the rules and regulations (Title 74, Chapter 1) that govern the administration of the program for your review and assistance.
The application is due by Friday, March 9th, by no later than 5 pm.
If you have any questions regarding the application or any of the materials included, please contact Laurie Holman. She can be reached at , or by phone at 402-471-2259.
Legal Line
Charitable Exemption Defined By Supreme Court  

Property owned by the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust was declared eligible for a charitable use exemption in a case decided by the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 9.  

To read about the court's exemption definition, click here .

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article has been prepared by Beth Ferrell 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.
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 .

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
SLLC Midterm Review
Mar. 15, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Contact; Lisa Soronen

States and local governments anxiously await the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair . In this case the Court may allow states and local governments to require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax. Since last fall the Court has also agreed to rule on the third travel ban, another partisan gerrymandering case, and a number of First Amendment free speech cases. And the Court has already decided two cases where the District of Columbia was a party. Discuss these and other cases of interest to states and local governments with Loren L. AliKhan, Acting Solicitor General of the District of Columbia, who argued one of the cases involving D.C., Charles Rothfeld, Mayer Brown, who wrote the SLLC amicus brief in one of the free speech cases, and Kenneth Jost, author of Supreme Court Yearbook and Jost on Justice.
Nebraska Planning & Zoning Conference
Younes Conference Center
Kearney, NE
March 7-9
NACO District Meetings

Central District
Opera House, Minden, NE
March 15, 2018

Northeast District
Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE
March 16, 2018

Panhandle District
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport, NE
March 28, 2018

West Central District
Sandhills Convention Center, Quality Inn & Suites, North Platte, NE
March 29, 2018

Southeast District
Career Academy, 8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE
March 30, 2018
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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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