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

    Click here for more information or to apply
  • Communications Officer Opening

    The Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a full-time Communications Officer.
    Click here for more information or to apply
  • Public Notice of Sale

    Notice is hereby given that the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors is offering for sale the Buffalo County owned house and shed located at 11 West 14th Street, Kearney, Nebraska. Said sale to be held at 2:00 o’clock p.m. on the 25th day of August, 2013. Click here for more information.
  • Notice of Adoption (Adult Entertainment)
    Notice is hereby given of the adoption of an ordnance regarding adult entertainment.

    Click here for more information.
  • Notice of Renewal of Liquor License (Prairie Hills Golf Course)

    Notice is hereby given that a liquor license may be automatically renewed November 1, 2014, for the Prairie Hills Golf Course.

    Click here for more information.
  • Notice of Renewal of Liquor License (Geo Spencer Tasting Room)

    Notice is hereby given that a liquor license may be automatically renewed November 1, 2014, for the Geo Spencer Tasting Room.

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  • Notice of Renewal of Liquor License (Erv's)

    Notice is hereby given that a liquor license may be automatically renewed November 1, 2014, for Erv's.

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  • Notice of Public Hearing for Liquor License (C & H Adventures)

    Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held August 12, 2014, for a liquor license application from C & H Adventures LLC.

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  • Notice of Public Hearing (911 Surcharge Rate)
    Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on August 12, 2014, at 9:45 am to consider the increase of the 911 Surcharge rate for Buffalo County.

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Offices for Sheriff
Communications Officer

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a full-time Communications Officer (dispatcher) (see Job Description).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Pick up an application from Law Enforcement Center at 2025 Avenue A in Kearney, NE, call 308-233-5274, or click here.


Communications Officer Opening


The Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a full-time Communications Officer.
Click here for more information or to apply

No Sales

There are no sales scheduled at this time.

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 - 23-330223-3312 (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

Juvenile Justice System Guide

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
--John Powell


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.


YOUR RIGHTS

 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

DO…
  • 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.”
DO NOT…
  • 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.

DETENTION

Confinement in a locked facility for a period of time until your case is tried or a more suitable placement is found.


STAFF-INTENSIVE PLACEMENT

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…
  • ...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.
An evaluation can be ordered by the judge to be completed while you are detained.


WHEN A YOUTH IS CHARGED WITH A CRIME:
Step Description
1. Arrest 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.
3. Filing 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.
4. Arraignment 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.
5. Adjudication 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

Attention Center (308) 233-5229
County Attorney’s Office 236-1222
County Court 236-1228
City of Kearney Attorney’s Office 237-3155
Crisis Assistance Center (800) 325-1111
Detention Center (308) 233-5281
District Court 236-1246
Health & Human Services (HHS)
    Geneva/Kearney
    Office of Juvenile Services (OJS)
    Out-of-home Placements
    Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers
865-5592
Juvenile Diversion 233-5229
Truancy/Juvenile Diversion 233-5210
State Probation 236-1251
Buffalo County Sheriff 236-8555
Kearney Police Department
    non-emergency
    EMERGENCY

237-2104
911
Family Resource Council 237-4472
Nebraska Workforce Development 865-5404
Region III
    Early Intensive Care Coordination
    Professional Partner Program
237-5113
Ext. 238
Ext. 238
Buffalo County Community Health Partners 865-2284


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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Legal Resources

Access Nebraska – Apply Online for Nebraska Public Assistance Benefits

Adult and Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline – (800) 652-1999

Buffalo County Court

Buffalo County District Court

Buffalo County Public Defender
Jeff Wirth
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

Citizen’s Guide to Nebraska’s Courts in Spanish – EL SISTEMA JUDICIAL DE NEBRASKA

Citizen’s Guide to Nebraska’s Courts in Vietnamese

Get Your Game and Parks Hunting, Fishing, and Park Entry Permit

Family Advocacy Network

Financial Assistance Information

Glossary of Legal Terms

Human Services in Nebraska

Information on the Nebraska Court System in Spanish / Información en Español

Internet Legal Resources

Kearney City Code

Kearney Police Department

Legal Aid of Nebraska
Grand Island Service Office
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.

Make Court Payments Online

Mid-Nebraska Community Action Partnership

National Do Not Call Registry

Nebraska Attorney General

The Nebraska BlueBook – Nebraska's official reference manual, with information about the state's government, geography, economy, history and culture.

Nebraska Board of Parole 

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

Nebraska Judicial Branch Self-Help Center – General information, assistance, and links to other sites.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission

Nebraska Office of Probation Administration

Nebraska State Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association Free Legal Information 

Nebraska State Patrol

Nebraska State Statutes Online – Search or browse the Nebraska Constitution and Statutes

Nebraska Volunteer Lawyers Project – Lawyer referrals

Pay Your Traffic Citation Online

Professional Ethics for Judges

Professional Ethics for Lawyers

Renew Your Automobile License Plates

Renew Your Driver’s License

Rules of the Nebraska Supreme Court

Small Claims Court

Uniform Rules of the Nebraska District Courts

WIC Program

 


Domestic Violence

Purpose:

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.
Policy:

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
(800) 799-7233

NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
(800) 656-4673

NEBRASKA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
(800) 876-6238

LINEA DE CRISIS EN NEBRASKA (EN ESPANOL)
(877) 215-0167

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
(308) 237-2599
(877) 237-2513
http://www.safecenter.org

All Services are Free & Confidential
24-hour Crisis Line
Crisis Support
Emergency Shelter
Support Groups
Supportive Atmosphere
Liaison with Community Agencies
Public Education Presentations
Protection Order Advocacy
Information & Referrals for:
Counseling, Housing, Legal Alternatives, Emergency Assistance and much more!
Follow-up contact


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


Other Resources

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Nebraska Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Hotline
Brochure
(800) 876-6238

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
800-TRY-NOVA (800-879-6682)

National Victim Center
800-FYI-CALL (800-394-2255)

National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women

National Center for Victims of Crime

Child Support

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.

Purpose:

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:

  • Locate non-custodial parents
  • Establish paternity
  • Establish and enforce medical support
  • Enforce and collect support payments
All parents with minor children who would like child support services are eligible. The CSE Program works closely with these agencies:

  • 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
  • Sheriffs
  • Child Support agencies in all states
  • Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • Credit Reporting Agencies
  • Nebraska Payment Center
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.

If you are ordered to pay 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
    • Jail
If you are ordered to receive child support:
  • 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
Did you know…?
  • 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.
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:
            HHS-CSE
            P.O. Box 94728
            Lincoln, NE 68509
            www.hhs.state.ne.us/cse/cseindex.htm.



Criminal Division

Purpose:
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.

Mission:
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.

Objectives:
  • 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.
Services:
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.


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 Supervisors
 Board of Supervisors minutes
 Board of Supervisors agendas
 Board of Supervisors 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 Supervisors 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

LEPC Members

Officers  
 None at this time - Chairperson  
 Darrin Lewis - Vice-chair  Email: em@buffalocounty.ne.gov 
 None at this time - Secretary   

Members
 Dean Aden
 Brown Transfer
 Robert Anderson
 Captain, Buffalo County Sheriff's Office
 Amy Elwood
 Two Rivers Public Health
 Don Engel, Jr.
 Aurora Cooperative
 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
 Tallgrass Energy
 Michael Morgan
 Kearney City Manager
 Dan Saathoff
 Eaton Corporation
 Amy Schweitzer
 Kearney Daily Hub
 Jerry Thompson
 Chief, Kearney Fire Dept.
 Ken Tracy
 Fire Administrator, Kearney Fire Dept.

LEPC Useful Links


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


Organizational Chart

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:
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Republican
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The elected offices nominated on a partisan basis are:

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