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Buffalo County
  • Part-Time Cook Opening
    Consolidated Management Company is accepting applications for part-time cook in the jail.Newspaper ad

    Job information and how to apply
  • Notice of Sale (Gibbon Property)
    Notice is hereby given that the Buffalo County Board of Commissioners will sell land in Gibbon that was previously owned by the township on March 21, 2015 at 10:00 am.

    See Public Notice of Sale for full details
  • Notice of Sale (Resolution 2015-07)
    Notice is hereby given that that Buffalo County Board of Commissioners will sell (1) 1991 Caterpillar 140G Motor Grader and (1) Snow V-Plow that can attach to this machine with sale being concluded at 10:00 o’clock, a.m. March 25, 2015, or as directed by the auction service.  These two items of property shall be sold “as is” without any warranty of any kind. 

    See Resolution 2015-07 for full details


    
Offices for Election
County Organizational Chart

Buffalo County Organizational Chart

State of Nebraska offices: County Court, Extension, Probation, Reporting Center

*The Emergency Manager is hired by the Board of Commissioner and managed by the Sheriff

Elected officials are chosen by Buffalo County citizens through elections. Appointed officials are selected by the Buffalo County Board of Commissioner.

The following Nebraska statutes list qualifications, when required, general duties, and other information for some County elected officials:
The following Nebraska statutes list qualifications, when required, general duties, and other information for some County appointed officials:
  • Coroner - 23-1210
  • County Comptroller - 23-1401 (counties with cities of the metropolitan class) - County Clerk is ex officio county comptroller
  • County School Administrator - 23-330223-3312 (Clerk maintains records)
  • Election Commissioner - 32-211
  • Highway Superintendent - 39-2502
  • Jailer - 23-1703 (Sheriff unless county board of corrections)
  • Weed Control Superintendents - 2-954
  • Zoning Administrator - 23-114.04

General Election

Election Information
11/6/2012 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Primary Election

Election Information
5/15/2012 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Services

 Assessor
 Valuation protest information
 Homestead exemptions
 Mobile home ownership transfer
 Charitable, religious, and educational tax exemptions
 
 Attorney
 Prosecute cases
 Collect bad checks
 Child Support
 Inheritance tax review
 
 Board of Commisioners
 Board of Commissioners minutes
 Board of Commissioners agendas
 Board of Commissioners notices
 Property tax protests
 
 Clerk
 Marriage license information
 Military discharge information
 Proof of publications
 Corporations
 Partnerships
 County budget
 County vendor claims
 County payroll information
 School census records
 Minutes of the Board of Commissioners meetings
 Waste hauler permits
 Tobacco licenses outside city limits
 
 District Court
 Issue writs and orders
 Collect and dispense fees for Child Support
 Keep records, books and papers pertaining to court
 Record proceedings of court
 Issue passports
 
 Election
 Voter information
 Voter registration
 Absentee voting
 Absentee ballot
 Polling places
 Election calendar
 Election results
 Poll worker information
 
 Floodplain
 Issue floodplain permits for residences or structures 
 
 Highway
 County road information
 County bridge information
 
 Public Defender
 Court appoints to defend someone who can not hire their own attorney
 
 Register of Deeds
 Mortgages
 Deeds of trust
 Plats
 Old land records

 Sheriff
 Enforce laws
 Preserve the peace
 Provide a safe environment
 Answer 911 calls and dispatch appropriate authority
 
 Surveyor
 Establish boundaries
 Locate lots, plots, parcels, tracts, or division of land
 Division may include distance, direction, elevation and acreage
 Furnish legal descriptions to be used in the platting or subdividing of land
 Determine the amount of acreage in land surveyed
 Establish and reestablish corners
 Topographical plat
 
 Treasurer
 Tax payment information
 Drivers license
 CDL's
 Learner's permits
 ID cards
 Motor vehicle licenses and registrations
 Boat registrations
 Specialty license plate applications
 
 Veteran Services
 Veteran's benefits
 Military discharge records
 
 Weed Control
 Plant identification
 Weed control issues
 Enforcement of state weed laws
 
 Zoning
 Approve and issue zoning permits
 Receive applications for zoning variance permits
 Receive applications for change of zoning permits
 Receive applications for special use permits
 Conduct inspections of setbacks and uses of land

Historical Information

Buffalo County is one of only two counties in Nebraska that derived its name from an animal. Years before this area along the Platte River would become a county, large herds of buffalo grazed the river valley and the rolling plains to the north. When it came time to organize the county, it seemed fitting to name it after the animal that once roamed the area freely.

The boundaries of Buffalo County were established by the Territorial Legislature in 1855. The county was officially organized in 1864, three years before Nebraska was admitted in the Union.

Two transportation lines can be credited with the early development of the area -- the Mormon Trail and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The first settlers in this area were said to be Mormons who had headed west along the trail in 1858. But a fierce war between the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes forced these early settlers to temporarily abandon the area. When the fighting subsided, the settlers gradually returned. In time, more and more settlers came to the area because of the rich Platte River Valley and the fertile soil that could be found in the surrounding hills.

With the coming of the railroad in the 1860s, Buffalo County would continue to develop. One of the stations that sprang up was Kearney, the county seat. Originally named Fort Childs, it was later renamed Kearney Junction and finally shortened to Kearney. Moses H. Sydenham, one of the early pioneers in the county, founded a newspaper in this young settlement and used the publication to promote his idea that Kearney, with its central location, should become the capital of the United States.

Hardships such as hot, dry weather and severe blizzards were not uncommon for the early residents of the county. But the most serious challenge faced by those who worked the land was the damage done by waves of grasshoppers that swarmed over the area in the mid 1870s.

More than 115 years later, Buffalo County is a thriving agricultural and industrial area. It also pays an important role in the state's higher education system, with the University of Nebraska at Kearney located in the county seat.

The Buffalo County Courthouse

Virtually every county in Nebraska has had a county seat "fight". Gibbon was designated as the original county seat of Buffalo County, and a courthouse was constructed at that location. In 1874, after considerable agitation for the relocation of the county seat, an election was held, and a majority was cast for the relocation of the county seat at Kearney. The incident which followed the results of that election is often referred to as "stealing the courthouse records." With the results of the election already in, the County Clerk, Joseph Scott, and his deputy, F.G. Keens, loaded the county records in a farm wagon, considerably after normal business hours and arrived in Kearney about 2:00 a.m. Mr. Keens stood guard over the records for the rest of the night. The Union Pacific Railroad donated a site for a new courthouse, and built a frame building which was not occupied until January of 1886. This building served as the Buffalo County Courthouse until a new county courthouse was built and completed in 1890. The frame courthouse was then moved to a new location on First Avenue and served first as a WCTU hospital and later as a home for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


This is a picture of the Buffalo County Courthouse that was built and completed in 1890
Buffalo County Courthouse in 1890



Buffalo County Courthouse in 1890

Another Picture of the Buffalo County Courthouse, completed in 1890. The old courthouse donated by the Union Pacific Railroad in the foreground, with the members of the Board of Supervisors.



The Old Jail. Constructed of Kansas limestone in 1876, used until construction of new jail in 1959.

Buffalo County Jail in 1876

District Courtroom
Inside the District Courtroom, second floor.

Committee Appointments

Committee Appointments
Committee Name Committee Members
Budget & Finance Sherry Morrow - Chair
Kent Greder
Francis "Buss" Biehl
Physical Plant & Maintenance William McMullen - Chair
Sherry Morrow
Joe Brayton
Information Technology Kent Greder - Chair
Sherry Morrow
Ivan Klein
Road & Bridge Ivan Klein - Chair
Dennis Reiter
Joe Brayton
Noxious Weed District Dennis Reiter - Chair
Ivan Klein
Joe Brayton
Human Resources/Insurance Kent Greder - Chair
Francis "Buss" Biehl
Joe Brayton
Public Safety, Law Enforcement, & Emergency Management Dennis Reiter - Chair
Kent Greder
Joe Brayton
Court & Judicial Francis "Buss" Biehl - Chair
Ivan Klein
Sherry Morrow
Veterans Service Joe Brayton - Chair
William McMullen
Ivan Klein
Zoning/Flood Plain Francis "Buss" Biehl
Sherry Morrow
Dennis Reiter
Extension/Agricultural Society Joe Brayton
Kent Greder
Ivan Klein
Policies & Procedures William McMullen - Chair
Francis "Buss" Biehl
Sherry Morrow
Election Commission Kent Greder - Chair
Dennis Reiter
Francis "Buss" Biehl

Agency Appointments
Agency Appointee(s)
Airport Zoning Board William McMullen
Archway Board Ivan Klein
Buffalo County Community Partners Francis "Buss" Biehl
Buffalo County Economic Development Council William McMullen
Sherry Morrow
Buffalo County Extension Board Kent Greder
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Board Joe Brayton
Kearney Area Visitors Bureau Advisory Board William McMullen
Mid-Nebraska Individual Services Advisory Board Ivan Klein
Region III Governing Board Sherry Morrow
Solid Waste Agency Francis "Buss" Biehl
South Central Economic Development Council Francis "Buss" Biehl
South Central Nebraska Area Agency On Aging Governing Board Ivan Klein
Two River Public Health Department Dennis Reiter


Early or Absentee Ballot Information

Who may apply for an absentee ballot?

Anyone who is registered to vote.

Is it possible to request an absentee ballot and register to vote by mail at the same time?

Yes, as long as this is done by the registration deadline.

How do I apply for and vote an absentee ballot?

An Absentee Request Form (PDF) is included in this section. Print and complete this form and mail to the Election Commissioner and a ballot will be mailed to you or you may go to the Election Commission and vote at the office. Absentee ballots may not be voted at the Election Commission on Election Day. You must go to the polling place on Election Day or have an agent pick up an absentee ballot as indicated below.


May I have someone get an absentee ballot for me?


Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot by appointing an agent to personally pick up an absentee ballot for such registered voter from the office of the Election Commissioner. The registered voter or his or her agent shall sign the request. A candidate for office at such election and any person serving on a campaign committee for such a candidate shall not act as an agent for any registered voter requesting a ballot unless such person is a member of the registered voter's family.


Absentee deadlines


The Election Office may accept applications 120 days before an election.

Registrants may vote an absentee ballot 35 days prior to a statewide election and 15 days before special elections.

Absentee Ballots will not be mailed after 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election.

Agents have until 7:00 p.m. election day to pick up an absentee ballot.

All absentee ballots must be received by the Election Commissioner by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.


Election Commissioner Calendar

Please check back after November 1st for the Election calendar.



Poll Worker Information

Have you ever considered serving as a poll worker?
If you have the following qualifications you would make an excellent poll worker!

P atriotic 
O rganized
aw-abiding
iterate

W illing
O ptimistic
R esponsive
K ind
E nergetic
R esourceful

Every two years the Buffalo County Election Office must appoint an election board to serve in each precinct on Election Day. A poll worker must be a Buffalo County registered voter and able to work on Election Day from approximately 7:00 a.m. to approximately 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. The appointment is for a two-year term and you will be expected to work at every election in that term. If an emergency comes up and you are not able to work, you will need to call the election office to be replaced.

Once appointed, even if you volunteer, poll workers have the same civil leave protection as those who serve on jury duty. Your employer must allow you the time to serve without threat of loss of personal or holiday pay, sick leave, loss of overtime pay, or any other form of penalty for absence from work when serving as an election official.

Should you decide to become a poll worker, you will be expected to attend a training class prior to the next election.

Election Hours - The inspector will inform you of the time you are required to report to the polling place (usually 7:00 a.m.). You may leave as soon as the work is finished after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Physical Requirements
1. Good eye sight and hearing.
2. Able to sit from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
3. Inspectors must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Pay Scale - Election judges and clerks are paid minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Inspectors are paid $.50 more than minimum wage or $7.75 an hour. Rural inspectors picking up and returning election supplies will receive mileage at $0.56 per mile.

Training - A training session is held prior to each primary and general election. This is held two or three weeks before the election and lasts for one or two hours. All board members will be given a manual and will receive $7.25 for attending. Payment will be made when your check is issued for the election.

Inspectors - Inspectors are in charge of the polling place election day. They are responsible for supervising board members and informing the election office if any of the board members are not adequately performing their duties. Prior to each election, the Inspectors pick up the supplies, check the polling place, make sure all necessary arrangements are made for election day and call their board members to inform them of election day plans. Election supplies are returned by the inspectors to the Election Office as soon as the polls close.

If you have questions, please contact the Election Commission at 308-236-1233.

Polling Places

Check the Nebraska VoterCheck Website to access your polling place address and party affiliation

Click on your polling place below for contact information and a map.

 Precinct #1   Windy Hills School
 4211 20th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #2   First Presbyterian Church
 4511 6th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #3   First United Methodist Church
 4500 Linden Dr, Kearney
 Precinct #4   56th Street Baptist Church
 515 E 56th St, Kearney
 Precinct #5   Sunrise Middle School
 4611 Ave N, Kearney
 Precinct #6   First Baptist Church
 1616 W 39th St, Kearney
 Precinct #7   Activity Center at Harmon Park
 3100 5th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #8   St. James Catholic Church
 3801 Ave A, Kearney
 Precinct #9   First Lutheran Church
 3315 Ave G, Kearney
 Precinct #10   Extension Building at Fairgrounds
 1400 E 34th St, Kearney
 Precinct #11   Meadowlark Manor
 2110 30th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #12   Zion Lutheran Church
 2421 Ave C, Kearney
 Precinct #13   Peterson Senior Activities Center 
 2020 W 11th St, Kearney
 Precinct #14   American Legion/Bingo Hall
 1233 Central Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #15   Miller Community Hall
 322 W Omaha Ave, Miller
 Precinct #16   Pleasanton Community Center
 202 N Sycamore, Pleasanton
 Precinct #17   Ravenna City Auditorium
 301 Alba Ave, Ravenna
 Precinct #18   Ravenna City Auditorium
 301 Alba Ave, Ravenna
 Precinct #19   Amherst Community Center
 110 N Main St, Amherst
 Precinct #20   Buffalo Hills School
 6110 11th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #21   Gibbon American Legion Club
 1029 Court St, Gibbon
 Precinct #22   Faith United Church-Ward I
 203 Garfield St, Gibbon
 Precinct #23   Faith United Church-Ward II
 203 Garfield St, Gibbon
 Precinct #24   Shelton Municipal Building
 219 C St, Shelton
 Precinct #25   Elm Creek Village Center
 535 W Boyd Ave, Elm Creek
 Precinct #26  Spirit of Life Church
 3148 Dove Hill Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #27   Cornerstone Berean Church
 1004 30th Ave, Kearney
 Precinct #28  Riverdale Community Center
 221 3rd Ave, Riverdale
 Precinct #29  Ace Irrigation & Mfg Co.
 4740 E 39th St, Kearney




Return to: Election Commissioner Homepage


Voter Information

Where is the Election Commission located?
North of the main lobby across from the Register of Deeds office (map). The street address is 1512 Central Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska.

Does a person have to go to the polling place in order to cast a vote during any election?
No, you may vote by Absentee Ballot. (Click on Absentee Ballot)

How may a person find out when the next election is?
Please check back after November 1st for the Election calendar.

Can I be called in for jury duty if I register to vote?
Yes, the jury list is taken from the driver's license and the voter registration lists and is called a Master Jury List. Whether or not you are a registered voter, your name may be picked for jury duty through your drivers license and vice versa (whether or not you have a drivers license, your name may be picked for jury duty through the election registration).



Voter Registration


Nebraska VoterCheck Website
Click the above link to access your polling place address and party affiliation if you are already registered


Is registration required in Nebraska to be eligible to vote?

Yes, the only exception is during Presidential elections. If you have recently moved to Nebraska or moved to another state after the registration deadline, then you may only vote a Presidential ballot.

Who may register to vote?

Anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Will be 18 years of age or older on General Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)
  • Is a United States Citizen
  • Is a resident of Nebraska
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or if convicted, civil rights have been restored
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent

Voter Registration Form

i.

Open/Download Voter Registration Form (link below).

ii.

Complete the form on your computer and print it or print the form and fill by hand

iii

Sign the form and mail to:
Election Commissioner
P.O. Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848

Voter Registration Form (English)
pdf


Voter Registration Form (Spanish)
pdf

For national election forms, additional languages, or other information, see the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.


How may I register?

You may register at the Election Commission from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also download the form and send it by mail if you have access to a printer (see instructions on the right). Several government offices have registration forms available and the following is a list of registration sites throughout the county:

Amherst Belschner Locker
Elm Creek Village Clerk
Gibbon City Clerk
Pleasanton Pleasanton State Bank
Ravenna City Clerk
Shelton Village Clerk
Riverdale Riverdale State Bank


What is the registration deadline?

Mail-in registration must be postmarked on or before the third Friday before an election. You may register in person at the Election Commission by the second Friday prior to an election.


Do I have to be a resident for a certain time period?

No, you may register the same day you become a resident of Buffalo County.


How is residence determined?

Residence shall mean:

  1. That place in which a person is actually domiciled, which is the residence of an individual or family, with which a person has a settled connection for the determination of his or her civil status or other legal purposes because it is actually or legally his or her permanent and principal home, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, has the intention of returning.
  2. The place where a person has his or her family domiciled even if he or she does business in another place.
  3. If a person is homeless, the county in which the person is living.
No person serving in the armed forces of the United States shall be deemed to have a residence in Nebraska because of being stationed in Nebraska. Those serving in the military or attending college in another area other than Buffalo County do not need to change their registration. However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote in that location.


May a student register and vote from a school address?

Yes, you may decide to register and vote from either your school or home address. If you want to vote from your home address, write your county election commissioner or clerk and ask them to mail a voter registration form and an absentee ballot. (See Absentee Ballot information)


Must I designate a party affiliation on my registration?

Yes. Nebraska has a "closed primary" which means that you are only allowed to vote the ballot for the party you designated on your voter registration. Currently Nebraska has Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Non-partisan. If you are registered as one of the above parties, you would receive the party ballot along with the non-partisan ballot. You may indicate that you wish to be Non Partisan, but in that event, you would only receive the non-political ballot and (if you request) a congressional and senatorial partisan ballot. You may change your party affiliation anytime before the registration deadline.


Do I ever have to re-register?

You must re-register whenever you change your name, your address or political party affiliation.


Will I receive notice that my mail-in registration has been accepted and processed?

Yes, if you completed the form correctly and mailed it by the deadline (third Friday prior to an election). If you do not receive notification within 10 days that your registration has been accepted, call the Election Office. You are not a registered voter until you receive confirmation.


Board of Commissioners

Buffalo County is under the Commissioner form of County Government. The County is divided into seven districts. A person from each district is elected to serve on the County Board by the voters in that district.

County Commissioners serve terms of four years each. A Commissioner may serve as many terms as he/she wishes. The Commissioner’s terms are staggered - four Commissioners are elected in one election year and the other three Commissioners are then elected in the second year.

A Commissioner must be a resident of the district they are elected to represent. If they should move away from their district during their term, they must resign their seat on the County Board. The annual salary for a Buffalo County Commissioner in 2015 is $22,000 with the Chairman of the Board receiving $24,400. The Commissioners are also allowed a mileage expense of $0.575 per mile when conducting County business away from their home.

By law, the County Board is required to meet only once a year, which is on the 2nd Tuesday following the first Thursday in January. The Buffalo County Board chooses to conduct its meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.  These meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. and are open to the public.  Minutes from each meeting are published in the Kearney Hub.  During the first meeting of each year, the County Board elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board.

In general, the County Board is the representative and guardian for the County. The County Board is the agency, which in official matters, acts for and on behalf of the County. The County Board derives its functions from the Legislature and its powers are prescribed by Statutes enacted by the Legislature

Buffalo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite you to read our Affirmative Action Plan.

Chairman – William McMullen
Vice-Chairman – Ivan Klein
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Election Commission

Nebraska VoterCheck Website



Click the above link to access your polling place address and party affiliation



Mission Statement: Maintain the integrity of the election process and maintain an accurate registry of voters.

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All results are UNOFFICIAL

Unofficial Election Results
Election Summary Results Precinct by Precinct Results Election Date
General Election Summary Precinct 11-04-2014
Primary Election Summary Precinct 05-13-2014
Shelton Special Election Summary 11-12-2013
KPS Special Election Summary 09-10-2013
Pleasanton Special Election Summary 03-12-2013
General Election Summary 11-06-2012
Primary Election Summary 05-15-2012
Ravenna Special Election Summary 08-18-2011
Kearney Special Election Summary 08-11-2011
General Election Summary 11-02-2010
Primary Summary 05-11-2010
Pleasanton Special Election Summary 11-10-2009
KPS Special Election Summary 09-15-2009
Miller Special Election Summary 06-09-2009
General Election Summary 11-04-2008
Elm Creek Special Election Summary 09-09-2008
Primary Election Summary 05-13-2008
Buffalo County Special Election Summary 03-11-2008