Buffalo County, Nebraska

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Buffalo County, Nebraska is one of 93 counties in Nebraska. The county seat is located in the city of Kearney and it has a population of 46,102 as of 2010.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Nebraska county websites

Last rated on July 23, 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Board of supervisor meeting agendas and minutes are published.[2][3]
  • Elected Officials
    • The names and contact information for all elected officials is provided.[4]
  • Administrative Officials
    • The names and contact information for all administrative officials is provided.[5]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Information on building permits and zoning is provided.[6][7]

The bad

  • Budget
    • The current budget is not published.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and contracts are not posted.
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying activities are not noted.
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is not provided.

Budget

Information regarding budgets in Buffalo County cannot be found on the Buffalo County website or in a web search.

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors serve as both the executive and legislative branch of county government. It is made up of seven members elected from individual districts for four year terms. In addition to an annual salary, Supervisors also receive mileage expense of $.51 cents per mile when traveling away from home on county business.[8]

First Last Position District Salary
Ivan Klein Supervisor 1 $18,540.00
Horace Dannehl Vice-Chairman 2 $18,540.00
Joseph Brayton Supervisor 3 $18,540.00
Richard Pierce Chairman 4 $20,940.00
Sherry Morrow Supervisor 5 $18,540.00
William McMullen Supervisor 6 $18,540.00
Kent Greder Supervisor 7 $18,540.00

Administrative Officials

The Buffalo County website lists all elected and administrative officials.[9]

First Last Position
Joe Woodward Assessor
Shawn Eatherton Attorney
Janice Giffin Clerk
Sharon Mauler Clerk District Court
Glenda DeBrie Election Commissioner
Darrin Lewis Emergency Manager
LeAnn Klein Floodplain/Zoning
Ronald Sklenar Highway Superintendent
Jeff Wirth Public Defender
Kellie John Register of Deeds
Neil Miller Sheriff
Trenton Snow Surveyor
Jean Sidwell Treasurer
William Williams Veteran Services Officer
Mitchell Huxoll Weed Superintendent

Salaries

See also: Nebraska public employee salaries

Salary information was not available on the Buffalo County website or found online.

Pensions

See also: Nebraska public pensions

Information on employee benefits was not provided on the Buffalo County website.

Emergency personnel

Buffalo County provides police service in a joint venture with the Kearney Police Department through the Sheriff's Department, but county residents receive fire protection from local municipalities. The current Sheriff is Neil Miller.[10]

Lobbying

See also: Nebraska government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, Buffalo County is not recorded as having paid for lobbying services.

Transparency & public records

The Buffalo County website has no information regarding public records policies or requests.

Taxes

Information regarding taxes can be found through the Assessor's office or the Treasurer. Tax bills can be found and paid online. Tax levy rates are not posted.

External links

References