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County Organizational Chart
State of Nebraska offices: County Court, Extension, Probation, Reporting Center
*The Emergency Manager is hired by the Board of Supervisors 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 Supervisors.
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 - 23-3302; 23-3312 (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
Juvenile Justice System Guide
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
REASONS FOR BEING IN COURT
Delinquent: charged with breaking a law of a State or City Ordinance.
Status Offender: Charged with being beyond control of his/her parent(s) or habitually truant. Examples include not going to school, not keeping a curfew, running away from home, not obeying parent rules, and using drugs, alcohol or tobacco under age.
WHAT THE COURT MAY DO
Delinquent: May be placed on probation under the supervision of a Probation Officer at home or in a group home or other restricted program. The Court may alternatively place a delinquent in the custody of the State Office of Juvenile Services (OJS) / Health and Human Services (HHS) where he/she may be supervised at home, in another placement in the community (such as foster care, group home, or residential treatment), or at the Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Center (YRTC) in Geneva or Kearney.
Commitment to Office of Juvenile Services / Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS provides Court-ordered services to youth including those of the Office of Juvenile Services, the Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Centers, and Out of Home Placement.
Status Offender: Special supervision may be required. Offender may be placed at home on Probation or made a State Ward through the Department of Health and Human Services for out-of-home placement or services in the home.
You have a right to:
- Know what has been filed against you;
- An attorney (a Public Defender may be provided at no cost);
- Face and cross-examine witnesses;
- Present evidence in your own defense;
- Testify if you wish; however, you do not have to testify;
- Be advised by the Judge as to what the Court can do with you; and
- Appeal the Court’s decision to the Nebraska Court of Appeals or Nebraska Supreme Court.
ADVICE FOR COURTROOM BEHAVIOR
- Dress neatly and cleanly, as you would for an important meeting.
- Be 15 minutes early, so you are ready to attend the hearing on time.
- Speak loudly and clearly.
- Be honest and make eye contact when talking.
- Respond to Judge’s questions by saying, “Yes, Your Honor,” or “No, Your Honor.”
- Curse, swear or lie;
- Get angry or roll your eyes;
- Walk out of the courtroom (you could be held in contempt;
- Speak or act rudely;
- Take a cell phone into the courtroom;
- Slouch or chew gum; or
- Wear sagging pants, offensive T-shirts or gang-related items.
Confinement in a locked facility for a period of time until your case is tried or a more suitable placement is found.
Unlocked staff-intensive placement for a period of time until your case is tried or a more suitable placement is found.
YOU MAY BE PLACED AT A DETENTION OR STAFF-SECURITY FACILITY IF YOU…
An evaluation can be ordered by the judge to be completed while you are detained.
- ...fail to follow court orders (any law violation, including Court orders to obey your parents’ rules and curfew, and/or attend school).
- ...are a runaway youth (a history of running from home or if you run from your Court-ordered placement, such as foster or group home).
- …are a danger to yourself or others (violent, aggressive, gang-related behavior or use of alcohol or drugs).
- ...are being discharged unsatisfactorily from a placement facility. If you are not following rules of your Court-ordered placement and are discharged, you may be detained.
- ...an OJS evaluation is ordered to be done residentially.
WHEN A YOUTH IS CHARGED WITH A CRIME:
||Upon arrest by Law Enforcement, the Officer may: 1) Street-
release, 2) Cite and release to a parent, or 3) Arrest and get authorization to detain.
|2. Detention Decision
||If recommended by Law Enforcement, a Probation Officer assesses for detention or release to parent. If detained, the Deputy County Attorney reviews all information files the appropriate Petition and requests a hearing, which should be held in a timely manner. The Court reviews all facts and determines if further detention is needed. A Petition generally must be filed within 48 hours of detention, excluding weekends and holidays. If the youth is not detained, a report is forwarded to the County Attorney for a filing decision.
||A petition is filed in the court, or declined. The matter might be diverted without filing a Petition. The County Attorney may decide to charge the youth in Adult Court. If charged with a felony or misdemeanor, the youth could be detained.
||Prior to the hearing, the youth meets with his/her attorney to discuss charges and how to proceed. Through the attorney, a plea of admission, denial, or no contest is entered. If the youth denies the charge(s), the Court will schedule an Adjudication Hearing. If youth admits to the charge(s), the Court will schedule a Disposition Hearing and may order evaluations.
||This is the trial of the Petition, where the State must prove up on the charge(s). If Court finds the Petition to be true, Court acquires jurisdiction of the youth and the matter is then set for disposition. If the Petition is not found to be true, the case is dismissed.
|6. Predisposition Investigation
||The Court may order a predisposition investigation (PDI) by a Probation Officer prior to the disposition hearing, which involves Collecting information from the youth, his/her family, the schools, previous mental health providers, and others. This is so the Judge can make an informed decision about how best to hold the offender accountable and address his or her specific needs. More evaluations may be required (such as chemical dependency or mental health). In abuse-neglect cases, the PDI and other evaluations are done by the Office of Juvenile Services (OJS).
|7. Disposition Hearing
||Based on the PDI and other case information, the Court orders a plan to ensure accountability and rehabilitation. The plan could include out-of-home placement, further evaluation, treatment, probation, intensive supervision, or other services.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Juvenile Court?
Nebraska laws have separate guidelines for juveniles (as opposed to adults, age 18 and over) who have violated the law or have other behaviors in need of intervention. Juvenile Court involvement is not considered to be a criminal record, but is intended to provide the juvenile an opportunity for rehabilitation.
What is a petition?
A petition is a legal paper, filed in the Court, outlining why you are being brought to court.
How will I know when to go to court?
You will receive a summons or letter giving the date, time, and location. The number of times you attend depends on individual circumstances. Inform the Court and Probation Officer of address or telephone changes.
What if I miss a hearing?
The judge could order you to be picked up by law enforcement, detained, and brought before the Court to explain why you ignored the Court’s notice.
What if I do not follow the Court’s rules?
A motion to review or revoke your placement or probation may be filed by the County Attorney, asking the Court to place more severe requirements on your probation or place you in an institution or state juvenile correctional facility.
Can my record be sealed (kept confidential)?
You may ask the Court to seal your records. This sets aside the record and it cannot be opened without Court approval and good cause. However, even if sealed, certain persons or agencies may still be able to access your records.
What if I waive the right to an attorney?
If you do so, you would be representing yourself. If you do not have an understanding or knowledge of legal options and process (such as motions to make, how to call and examine witnesses, and how to request services from the Court), you may be adversely affected. Remember, you can request an attorney to represent you at any point in the process.
JUVENILE JUSTICE PHONE NUMBERS
|County Attorney’s Office
|City of Kearney Attorney’s Office
|Crisis Assistance Center
|Health & Human Services (HHS)
• Office of Juvenile Services (OJS)
• Out-of-home Placements
• Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers
|Buffalo County Sheriff
|Kearney Police Department
|Family Resource Council
|Nebraska Workforce Development
• Early Intensive Care Coordination
• Professional Partner Program
|Buffalo County Community Health Partners
Each individual is entitled to be, and is capable of being, responsible for his or her lawful participation in society.
Revised from the Crime Commission brochure “A Guide to Juvenile Court for Parents & Children.”
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Adult and Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline – (800) 652-1999
Buffalo County Court
Buffalo County District Court
Buffalo County Public Defender
2002 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: (308) 234-6561
The Buffalo County Public Defender represents all indigent defendants charged with felonies and misdemeanors in Buffalo County and District courts, if the penalty for the crime carries possible jail time.
Buffalo County Sheriff
Central Mediation Center
Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult Protective Services
Citizen’s Guide to Nebraska’s Courts in Arabic
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207 West 3rd Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: (308) 381-0517 or (877) 250-2018
Legal Aid of Nebraska handles bankruptcy, disability benefits, divorce, custody, eviction, landlord/tenant, wills, contracts, tax problems, welfare benefits, domestic violence victims, assisting trouble with city, state, or federal bureaucracies, consumer, employment, education, juvenile, Indian and Tribal law, farm and ranch, migrant farm worker, and elder law. The agency DOES NOT handle criminal matters, represent incarcerated persons, or take workers compensation, personal injury, or probate/estate cases. Income qualifications apply.
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This Division seeks protection for victims of violence in intimate relationships through aggressive and consistent prosecution of offenders.
The Buffalo County Attorney recognizes the importance of communicating and cooperating with law enforcement and other public and private community agencies that provide services to families, victims, and perpetrators of domestic violence. A specialized Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit, in coordination with other community agencies, provides the best opportunity to achieve the following goals:
- To stop the violence.
- To protect the victim from additional acts of violence committed by the Defendant.
- To protect the children or other family members from exposure to, or possible injury from, domestic violence.
- To provide restitution to the victims.
- To hold the offender accountable for their violent conduct.
The State of Nebraska has a critical interest in reducing the number of incidents of domestic violence and increasing the number of positive results in domestic violence prosecutions.
It is the position of the Buffalo County Attorney that the aggressive prosecution of domestic violence is necessary to protect victims and future victims of domestic violence.
Resources and Information
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, CALL:
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
NEBRASKA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
LINEA DE CRISIS EN NEBRASKA (EN ESPANOL)
DO NOT USE E-MAIL TO REPORT CASES OF ABUSE.
IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY CALL LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.
The S.A.F.E. Center
(The Spouse/Sexual Abuse Family Education Center)
3710 Central Avenue, Suite 10
Kearney, NE 68847
All Services are Free & Confidential
24-hour Crisis Line
Liaison with Community Agencies
Public Education Presentations
Protection Order Advocacy
Information & Referrals for:
Counseling, Housing, Legal Alternatives,
Emergency Assistance and much more!
Breaking the Silence: Information for Victims of Intimate Violence
A Victim’s Guide to the Nebraska Criminal Justice System
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
VINE is a free automated service that monitors the custody status of adult inmates in all county jails and state prisons. You can arrange to receive telephone and e-mail notification when an offender’s custody status changes. Updated information is available 24 hours a day. VINE is available in English and Spanish and supported by 24-hour operator assistance.
The Nebraska VINE service is provided by the Nebraska Sheriff’s Association, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime, Nebraska County Attorneys’ Association, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Nebraska Crime Commission and CJIS Advisory Committee.
NEBRASKA VINE NUMBER: 877-NE 4 VINE or (877) 634-8463.
Register or Find an Offender Online at www.vinelink.com
A Summary of Nebraska’s Legal System
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (800-799-7233)
US Department of Justice
Violence Against Women Website
Minnestota Center Against Violence and Abuse
National Organization for Victim Assistance
National Victim Center
National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women
National Center for Victims of Crime
Please understand, the Division represents the State of Nebraska. We cannot represent people who owe child support, nor give legal advice, nor assist you in selecting an attorney. Consult your local yellow pages or other resources for attorneys who practice in this field.
The Child Support Enforcement Division prosecutes individuals civilly for payment of their child support obligations. Under appropriate circumstances, the Buffalo County Attorney's Office criminally prosecutes non-payers of child support.
Nebraska has centralized child support collection and disbursement. All child support payments must be sent to the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center to ensure prompt processing:
Nebraska Child Support Payment Center
P.O. Box 82600
Lincoln, NE 68501-2600
Or online at www.nebraskachildsupport.com.
The Nebraska Child Support Call Center is your source for information and the latest updates about your child support case: (877) 631-9973.
Requests for review and modification of child support orders at least three years old may be made to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (800) 831-4573. If calling from outside Nebraska, call (402) 471-9103. Or online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/cse/cseindex.htm.
Businesses which are under court order to withhold child support and/or spousal support payment from the payroll of their employees should send payments to:
Nebraska Child Support Payment Center
P.O. Box 82890
Lincoln, NE 68501-2890
About Child Support Enforcement:
The Nebraska Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program is designed to locate non-custodial parents and obtain financial support for their children. The Nebraska CSE Program is administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. CSE provides the following services:
All parents with minor children who would like child support services are eligible. The CSE Program works closely with these agencies:
- Locate non-custodial parents
- Establish paternity
- Establish and enforce medical support
- Enforce and collect support payments
The same location resources and services are available in all states. Interstate cases are more difficult and generally take longer. However, with new federal legislation and more computer links between states, interstate enforcement of child support is improving.
- Nebraska Department of Administrative Services
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Nebraska Department of Revenue
- District and County Courts
- Nebraska Department of Labor
- Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
- Federal Parent Locator Service
- Child Support agencies in all states
- Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
- Credit Reporting Agencies
- Nebraska Payment Center
If you are ordered to pay child support:
If you are ordered to receive child support:
- All payments must be made to:
Nebraska Child Support Payment Center
P.O. Box 82600
Lincoln, NE 68501-2600
- If you pay the other party directly, you may not receive credit for the payment.
- Child support payments are due on the first of each month and are delinquent the next day. Interest is charged on the delinquent amount after 30 days.
- Income withholding will be implemented in all cases involving child support whether there is delinquency or not (including unemployment withholding).
- You MUST pay child support regardless of custody or visitation issues.
- Health insurance MUST be provided for the child(ren) if ordered by the Court.
- If you have more than one order or judgment, your payments will be allocated between them. You cannot select which obligation to pay.
- Not paying child support can result in:
- State and Federal Income Tax Intercepts
- Drivers License Suspension
- Suspend Professional Licenses
- Suspend Eligibility For Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- A Report to Credit Agencies
- Denial of Your Passport
- Lottery Prize Intercept
- Liens/Seizure of Property
- Seizure of Bank Accounts
- Criminal Charges
Did you know…?
- You can apply for child support services by contacting your local Health and Human Services office or County Attorney.
- If you or your child(ren) are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments, the child support will be assigned to the State of Nebraska.
- DO NOT accept child support payments directly from the non-custodial parent. All payments must be made through the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center in order to be properly credited.
- If the non-custodial parent has more than one order or judgment, all payments received will be allocated proportionately between them.
- Your court order may contain language prohibiting you from removing the child(ren) from the State without the Court’s consent. It is your responsibility to know what the Court’s order says and to comply with it. Failing to do so may result in the suspension or termination of child support.
- Visitation cannot be withheld for non-payment of child support. Withholding visitation can:
- Affect your child’s well-being
- Result in a finding of contempt of court
- Put you in jail
If you need further assistance or have questions regarding Child Support Enforcement, contact your local County Attorney or call the Nebraska Child Support Customer Service Call Center at (877) 631-9973. Or write to:
- Child support is due through the month that the child turns 19.
- Employers who fail to comply with incoming withholding notices or who punish or dismiss employees as a result of income withholding are subject to legal action.
- The County Attorney (or authorized attorney) represents the State and the best interests of the child. No client/attorney relationship exists.
- Either party in an action for child support can request that the case be reviewed for possible modification every three years by contacting Health and Human Services, Child Support Enforcement, Review and Modification Unit at (800) 831-4573.
- Establishing paternity enables your child(ren) to have access to important family medical history as well and financial and emotional support.
P.O. Box 94728
Lincoln, NE 68509
The Criminal Division of the Buffalo County Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes that occur within Buffalo County.
The Attorneys of the Criminal Division make filing decisions after reviewing reports generated by local law enforcement agencies. Those agencies include Buffalo County Sheriffs Office, Kearney Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Game and Parks, Shelton Police Department, and the Ravenna Police Department.
The mission of the Criminal Division is to actively investigate and aggressively prosecute crimes that occur in Buffalo County. Using advanced trial practices, research, and technology, it is our goal to prosecute those individuals that cause harm to the citizens of Buffalo County. We will work with the community, law enforcement, and government agencies to not only prosecute crimes, but to proactively search for ways to protect the community.
- To work with the community and build a relationship of trust and understanding in order to work proactively to prevent crime.
- To use research and investigative techniques to ensure quality criminal prosecutions for the citizens of Buffalo County.
- To improve our understanding of the law and the community through seminars, training, and continuing education programs.
- To use technologically-advanced trial practices.
- To apply the law in an unbiased and consistent manner to ensure justice, equality, and safety for the community.
We are here to assist those individuals who are victims of crimes that occur in Buffalo County.
If you believe you have been a victim of a crime or have information about a crime, please contact one of the following agencies:
Once a report has been filed with the appropriate law enforcement agency, the case will be given to the County Attorney for review and prosecution. The Deputy County Attorney in charge of the case will contact the victims and witnesses to ensure that the best possible prosecution can be had.
| Valuation protest information
home ownership transfer
| Charitable, religious, and educational tax exemptions
| Prosecute cases
| Collect bad checks
| Child Support
| Inheritance tax review
| Board of Supervisors
| Board of Supervisors minutes
| Board of Supervisors agendas
| Board of Supervisors notices
| Property tax protests
| Military discharge information
| County budget
| County vendor claims
| County payroll information
| School census records
of the Board of Supervisors meetings
| Waste hauler permits
| Tobacco licenses outside city limits
| District Court
writs and orders
and dispense fees for Child Support
records, books and papers pertaining to court
proceedings of court
| Issue passports
| Voter information
| Voter registration
| Absentee voting
| Absentee ballot
| Polling places
| Election calendar
| Election results
| Poll worker information
floodplain permits for residences or structures
| County road information
| County bridge information
| Public Defender
| Court appoints to defend someone who can not hire their own
| Register of Deeds
| Old land records
| Enforce laws
a safe environment
911 calls and dispatch appropriate authority
| Locate lots, plots, parcels, tracts, or division of land
may include distance, direction, elevation and acreage
| Furnish legal descriptions to be used in the platting or subdividing
the amount of acreage in land surveyed
and reestablish corners
| Tax payment information
| Drivers license
| Learner's permits
| 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
of state weed laws
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
| None at this time - Chairperson
| Darrin Lewis - Vice-chair
|| Email: email@example.com
| None at this time - Secretary
| Dean Aden
| Robert Anderson
Captain, Buffalo County Sheriff's Office
| Amy Elwood
Two Rivers Public Health
| Don Engel, Jr.
| Vern Fiala
Midway Amateur Radio Club
| Randy John
Miller Fire Department Chief
| Darrin Lewis
Buffalo County Emergency Manager
| Dan Lynch
Chief, Kearney Police Dept.
| Mike Martinosky
UAP Distribution Inc.
| Brian Mendenhall
| Michael Morgan
Kearney City Manager
| Dan Saathoff
| Amy Schweitzer
Kearney Daily Hub
| Jerry Thompson
Chief, Kearney Fire Dept.
| Ken Tracy
Fire Administrator, Kearney Fire Dept.
Mutual Aid Members
| Amherst Volunteer Fire Department
| Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Department
| Gibbon Volunteer Fire Department
| Kearney Volunteer Fire Department
| Miller Volunteer Fire Department
| Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department
| Ravenna Volunteer Fire Department
| Shelton Volunteer Fire Department
| Buffalo County Emergency Management
| Buffalo County Sheriff's Office
| Kearney Police Department
| Good Samaritan Hospital
The Emergency Manager is an appointed position responsible
for the development, implementation and maintenance of an
emergency management system in Buffalo County to save lives
and protect property. Such emergency management system shall
include disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery
capabilities. The incumbent is charged with making certain
that the components of the emergency management system know
the threats to the jurisdiction, planning for emergencies,
being able to function effectively in an emergency, and conducting
recovery operations following a disaster.
The position requires direct responsibility for the organization,
administration, and operation of the Buffalo County Emergency
Management System, subject to the direction and control of
the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors. The position serves
as the principal advisor to the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors
in disaster/emergency matters. Supervision of day-to-day activities
shall be directed by the Buffalo County Sheriff and Kearney
Chief of Police.
The incumbent, in discharging duties, must work with elected
and appointed officials of the local governments, of the state
and of the Federal government, and private sector interests.
The incumbent is given broad and extensive authority to determine
program priorities, requirements and procedures so as to implement
and support the local, state and national programs and objectives.
Completed work is reviewed in terms of net results and the
achievement of broad objectives and conformance with general
policies. Job effectiveness can be determined by the ability
of the Buffalo County Emergency Manager to take the lead in
developing local capabilities to mitigate disasters/emergencies
and conduct coordinated operations in disasters/emergencies,
making maximum use of all public and private resources available.
Political Party Information
Currently the political parties recognized under Nebraska
law are as follows:
The elected offices nominated on a partisan basis are:
- Non-Partisan (not politically affiliated)
President, Vice President, U. S. Senators, Member of the U. S. House of Representatives, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, State Attorney General, County Supervisors, County Clerk, County Attorney, Register of Deeds, County Assessor, Clerk of the District Court, County Sheriff, County Treasurer and County Surveyor.
Effective: December 2, 2013
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There are approximately 962 square miles in Buffalo County. Within this area there are 1500 miles of road: 101 miles are County oil or concrete roads. There are 352 bridges over 20 feet in the County. There are also 236 bridges that are 20 feet and under which are not considered bridges but are classified as culverts because of the constricted water flow.
The Highway Department has 40 full time employees and during the summer months we employ four to six more people. In addition the Highway Superintendent, there are: an assistant Highway Superintendent, two clerical, three foremen, 17 maintainer operators, five heavy equipment operators, three bridge crew laborers, one sign man, one welder, one mechanic, one mechanic assistant and four truck drivers.
We have an inventory of approximately $1,460,589.97 which includes office equipment and supplies, signs, sign posts, lumber, steel, tools, culverts, filters, oil, grease, radios and other supplies.
We also have a large inventory of machines and equipment valued at $6,272,647.63. This includes 19 maintainers, one crane, two backhoes, seven crawlers, three loaders, five scrapers, five dozers, 35 pickups and trucks and a considerable number of other pieces of equipment. The cost of fuel alone for operating this equipment in the fiscal year 2011-2012 which ended June 30, 2012 was $602,343.01. The cost of repairs was $228,027.04.
The Highway Department Budget for the present 2011-2012 fiscal year is $7,850,222.00.
We have an excellent communication system which includes 2-way radios which are used extensively. They save many miles of driving and enable people to communicate from one corner of the county to the other. They have saved many maintainer men from having to walk for help after having a flat tire, being stuck in a snowstorm or any other emergency type situation. Our foremen also have cellular phones. We have 2-way radios in all the maintainers, office, loaders and in a majority of our other equipment. The radios also give us communication with the Sheriff’s Department and the County Surveyor. The telephone system gives us easier communication with the Sheriff’s Department, Surveyor, other Courthouse offices and also the City of Kearney offices by just dialing 4 digits.
Buffalo County is divided into 26 Townships. Each has its own budget and governing board. Two of the townships do the maintaining of their own roads. The rest contract with the County Highway Department for maintenance of their roads. We are, however, responsible for all roads that are mail routes and for the gravel on school bus routes. These roads are given priority over the rest of the roads as far as gravel, snow removal, maintaining, etc.
We have divided the townships into Zones 1 through 26. We bid gravel once a year. The bid period is from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the following year.
Buffalo County went to the GEO Base Addressing System and signs were installed in 1997. This system makes finding a resident faster in an emergency type situation.
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"Serving Buffalo County with the assistance of our citizens!"
Mission Statement: "The mission of the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department is to enhance the quality of life in our county by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the law, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment for all of our citizens."
Department Structure: The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office is organized into two divisions, Operations and Support Services, under the direction of the Sheriff who is elected for a four (4) year term. The Operations Division consists of Civil Process, Warrant Section, Investigative Section, and Patrol Section and is currently managed by a Captain. The Support Services Section consists of the Sheriff's
Staff Section, Community Services Section, Training Section, Communications Section, and Detention Center Section and is currently managed by the Chief Deputy.
LOCATION: The department offices are located at 2025 Avenue A in Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska.
Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
A unique joint venture with the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office and the Kearney Police Department was formed in July 1993 when both agencies co-located to a remodeled building in downtown Kearney. By sharing resources, both agencies save taxpayers' money as well as establishing a good working relationship between the agencies and their employees.
The Sheriff's office oversees the dispatch duties and answers 911 calls for officers of both agencies.
The Police Department oversees the records and data processing functions for both agencies.
The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office responds to calls that occur in the county (outside of Kearney city limits). The Kearney Police Department responds to calls that occur within the city limits.
Both agencies assist each other as needed as well as working with law enforcement officers from other local jurisdictions in Buffalo County, Public Safety at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and the Nebraska State Patrol.
The Buffalo County Detention Center offers civilian fingerprinting from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday for a fee of $15.
For Emergencies: Dial 911