Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Lancaster County is one of 93 counties in Nebraska. The county seat is located in the city of Lincoln and it has a population of 285,407 as of 2010.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Nebraska county websites

Last rated on July 22, 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are available.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meetings are posted, along with minutes and agendas.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • County commissioners are listed with contact information.[4]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Some agencies have administrative officials listed.[5]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning information[6] and building permits are available.[7]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[8]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax rates are posted.[9] Taxes can be viewed and paid online.[10]

The bad


The 2012 budget totals $154,299,846 in expenditures.[12]

Expenditure Type 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Operating $130,791,664 $118,221,007 $132,955,561
Capital Outlay $6,161,428 $10,874,389 $10,030,340
Debt Service $1,206,386 $911,666 $3,157,383
Transfers Out $6,831,105 $6,988,248 $8,156,562
Total $144,990,583 $136,995,310 $154,299,846

Public Employees

Elected Officials

There are five county commissioners that are elected to represent an individual district for four year terms.[13]

First Last Position District Term Expiration
Jane Raybould Commissioner 1 2014
Larry Hudkins Vice Chair 2 2012
Deb Schorr Chair 3 2014
Bernie Heier Commissioner 4 2012
Brent Smoyer Commissioner 5 2014

Administrative Officials

The executive branch of the county government is the administrative services office. The executive is the Chief Administrative Officer who is responsible for the day to day operations of the county. The current Chief Administrative Officer is Kerry Eagan. The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer is Gwen Thorpe.[14]


See also: Nebraska public employee salaries

The Lancaster County website provides employee pay plans and employee benefits information.


See also: Nebraska public pensions

Pensions are offered to police and fire personnel. Information regarding these pensions can be found here.

Emergency personnel

Sheriff's office employees begin at $43,006.08 ($20.676 per hour) and will earn $60,902.40 ($29.280 per hour) at step 8.[15]


See also: Nebraska government sector lobbying

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

Transparency & public records

The Lancaster County website does not have information regarding public records requests.


The Lancaster County website posts property tax rates here. The 2011-2012 rate for property owners inside Lincoln City Limits is 2.025212 per assessed value and 0.410800 per assessed value for those outside Lincoln City limits.

External links


  1., Metro population hits 865,350, MARCH 1, 2011
  2. Budget
  3. Meetings
  4. Commissioners
  5. County Agencies
  6. Planning
  7. Permits and Forms
  8. Audit
  9. Tax Rates
  10. Tax Search/Online Pay
  11. County Agencies
  12. 2012 Budget
  13. Commission
  14. Staff
  15. Sheriff Salary