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NACO Institute of Excellence Advanced Class
Younes Conference Center
Kearney, NE
December 8, 2015
(Article 4 of this E-line)

121st Annual NACO Conference

Younes Conference Center  

Kearney, NE

December 9 - 11, 2015


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In This Issue  
olympicOlympic Champion Bobsledder, Curt Tomasevicz To Open Conference

Curtis Tomasevicz grew up in Shelby, Nebraska a small town of nearly 700 people located a few miles south and west of Columbus. While attending the University of Nebraska, Curt played running back and linebacker, earning most of his playing time on special teams. During his senior year in 2003, he earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors. Curtis holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in electrical engineering with a minor in astrophysics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bobsled Beginnings:
When asked about bobsledding Curtis laughs saying that he never saw a bobsled in real life until his tryout in September of 2004. He wasn't exactly convinced that it was a legitimate, professional sport, either. Fellow Cornhusker hammer thrower and friend Amanda Moreley -- now a push athlete and brakeman on the Canadian national bobsled team -- suggested he give it a try. Curtis was instantly taken with the danger and thrill the sport provided. 

Breaking The Ice:
During his first season (2004-05), Tomasevicz landed on the World Cup circuit, consistently pushing on the USA II sled. He made his Olympic debut in Torino in 2006, sliding to sixth place in four-man competition. The entire experience was a memorable one for Tomasevicz. He compared walking in the Opening Ceremony to the excitement of going through the tunnel at Memorial Stadium during his college football years. During the next few years, the U.S. bobsled program began to become an international force, winning numerous World Cup and World Championship medals. But his biggest achievement came in February at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, when he, Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen and Steve Mesler raced the "Night Train" to the first American four-man Olympic title in 62 years.

In February of 2014, Curt participated in his 3rd Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. With a more competitive field, the Night Train 2 team of Curt, Holcomb, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt battled their way to a bronze medal, making Curt one of only six American bobsledders in history to earn multiple Olympic medals.

Family And Leisure:
Tomasevicz's dad, Dennis, is a retired combine mechanic, while mom, Amy, is an art teacher. He has a younger brother, Jon, who is a physical education teacher. When he's not busy training, Tomasevicz enjoys playing bass guitar, astronomy and reading.

Conference Speaker:
Curtis Tomasevicz will be featured speaker at the opening ceremonies of the 121st Annual NACO Conference  on December 9th.  Opening ceremonies for the conference will begin at 2 p.m. at the Younes Center
in Kearney.  His inspirational address will be titled, "Have No FEAR."  Curtis will have his Olympic medals on display and will take time out for autographs after the opening ceremonies have been completed. 
annconfresAnnual Conference Information
The 2015 NACO Annual Conference will be held in Kearney at the Younes Convention CenterThe conference dates are December 9th through the 11th.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Go to the NACO website or click here.  Agendas can be found here.

The Kearney Visitor's Bureau has a webpage designed specifically for conference information as it becomes available through the planning process.  You can visit that page by clicking here.

Rooms have been contracted at the Wingate inn, the Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, the Comfort Inn and the Fairfield Inn for $99.95 per night for single and double rooms and suites are contracted for $149.95 per night.

You must phone the hotel of choice to make reservations stating that you are attending the conference to receive the group discounted room rate. Only guaranteed reservations will be accepted. Reservations must be guaranteed with either a credit card or by direct billing back to your county.
PLEASE NOTE: Reservations may be made initially under the county name but must all have individual names of who will occupy each room no later than November 10, 2015. Any reservation being held under the county name after this date will be cancelled.
Changes Or Cancellations To Lodging Reservations
County officials should take note that the date for changing or cancelling any reservations for the NACO conference is November 10.  Any county making cancellations or changes lodging reservations after this date will be charged the first night's lodging.
Wingate Inn:     (308) 237-4400
Hampton Inn:    (308) 234-3400
Fairfield Inn:      (308) 236-4200
Comfort Inn:      (308) 236-3400
Holiday Inn:      (308) 237-5971
Holiday Inn Express:                                       (308) 234-8100  
Best Western Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites:        (308) 234-2541
AmericInn:                                                     (308) 234-7800
Country Inn & Suites:                                      (308) 236-7500
Ramada Inn:                                                   (308) 237-3141  
sock2015 Sock Collection For Those In Need

commvolConsider Being A Community Volunteer
Calling all volunteers!

Tax season is right around the corner, and Community Action offers free tax preparation services to low-to moderate-income individuals and families in our community. We need your help this year to ensure that those eligible to the Tax Prep program are getting the services they need. The U.S. Census estimates that over 50% of families in Lincoln alone earned less than $50,000 annually, making them eligible for tax preparation services. Since the Tax Prep program operates solely on volunteers, eligible individuals and families are counting on people like you to share your time and talents, so that they can meet their basic needs. Whether you have had experience filing taxes in the past, or have no experience at all, we welcome you to join our team of volunteers! Community Action will provide all of the necessary training free of charge. Volunteer training begins in December through January, and tax preparation season runs from late January through April 15. If you would like to volunteer, but do not want to prepare taxes, we are also recruiting volunteers for the following positions: site coordinators, intake workers, greeters, and interpreters.

For questions or more information about becoming a volunteer and making a difference today, contact Georgann Roth at: 402-875-9320 or

Community Action empowers those living in poverty to reach economic stability

instituteinstofexcellInstitute of Excellence Hosting Advanced Class
Most people are familiar with the song Bob Dylan recorded in 1964, The Times They are A Changin'. No doubt there was turbulent change in the 60's with the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.  Anymore, though, it seems the times they are always a "changin."

How people handle change depends on if it is welcomed or unwelcome. It's proven people handle change much better, if they have an opportunity to prepare, plan and act to make the best of it.

Nebraska Extension is offering past graduates of the NACO Institute of Excellence an opportunity to learn more about preparing, planning and acting to make the best of change. On Tuesday, December 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center, Dr. Tim Lemmons will present an overview of strategic planning for managing the future.

While Tim is an educator and ag economist, he has a passion for organizational planning. As a public official himself, he has a good grasp of the change in store for Nebraska. He will provide some short-term actionable items that county officials, regardless of how long they're in office, can initiate and build on.

Don't stand around and hum The Times They Are a Changin'. Do something about it. Plan now to attend Strategic Planning for Managing the Future. The time is right to prepare, plan and act to make the best of the changes to come.

This is an Advanced NACO Institute of Excellence Class.  Only previously graduated Institute of Excellence students are able to register and attend.

Please put the Advanced class of the NACO Institute of Excellence on your calendar.  Registration for the session is on the NACO website.  For more information contact Carroll Welte at 402.374.2929 or email The registration deadline is December 1. The program fee is $45 per person. To cover the speaker's travel expenses a minimum of 10 participants are needed to hold the program.
vetserveTraining to Better Serve Veterans

The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) are supporting and coordinating five No Wrong Door trainings across the state (see attached flyer for dates and locations). These trainings have been developed by the multi-disciplinary Veteran's Brain Injury Task Force over the past several years to give community members from a range of professions/organizations a solid understanding of issues that veterans, service members, and their families/loved ones face. The training also gives participants resources and strategies they can use to serve veterans, service members, and their families better.

To view the informational flyer to obtain more details, click here.

Susan Bockrath, Executive Director of the NALHD says that, "I want to make sure that other folks, especially those who maybe don't think their work relates to veterans, know that these trainings are coming up and that there really is value for everyone... teachers, principals, county clerks, law enforcement...everyone."
marcMulti-Agency Resource Training Center Opportunity
Nebraska Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NE VOAD) is sponsoring a training this fall and early winter in four locations on multi-agency resource centers (MARCs). A MARC is a one-stop shop for those affected by disasters-various community and state organizations and agencies have booths. Disaster victims can visit all the service/information providers and determine a plan of action based upon their and their family's needs.   
Red Cross will teach the training, and it is free to attend; lunch will be provided. Travel scholarships are available; information is on the flyer. Participants will learn the benefits of a MARC, how to set up a MARC, what agencies should be included, and challenges for coordinating a MARC. This information will be useful to community leaders!

View the training flyer here.

For more information contact: Ashley Mueller, MS, Extension Educator, Disaster Education Coordinator, Nebraska Extension.  Email: Office phone: 402-727-2775.  Address: Nebraska Extension in Dodge County, 1206 W. 23rd Street, Fremont, Nebraska 68025-2504  
grantwriteGrant Writing Training in Omaha in January

The Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, January 11-12, 2016.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Tuition is $455 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here  .
The Client Services Team
at Grant Writing USA
Sgt. Kurt Sorys
Omaha Police Department
More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.     
interimroadsTransportation Committee To Conduct Interim Hearings on Roads
County officials will have two opportunities in December to share their thoughts on Nebraska's roads with the Legislature's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. Throughout the summer, the committee has been conducting a series of statewide public hearings on interim studies addressing Nebraska's state and local roads (LR318) including the maximum weight limits on county roads (LR317), expressways (LR313), and removal of roadside vegetation (LR339). Interim studies and hearings are a tool used by the Legislature to investigate a specific topic that may be the subject of legislation in the coming session or an issue that was introduced during a regular session that needs further development.
On December 1, the committee will meet in Bellevue College's John B. Muller Administrative Services Building in Bellevue at 1:30 p.m. to take testimony on LR318 and LR339. On December 3, the committee will meet jointly with the Appropriations Committee at 10:00 in Lincoln for an annual hearing on the Nebraska Department of Roads Needs Assessment. At 1:30, the Transportation Committee will conduct its final hearings on LR318 and LR317.

The Appropriations Committee will examine the potential growth for tourism (LR321), methods to improve government efficiency (LR333), and funding for public health departments (LR257) on December 1.

A complete hearing schedule is available here.
unocertifiedNebraska Certified Public Managers Program
The School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha would like to invite you and your staff to participate in its highly acclaimed professional development program - the Nebraska Certified Public ManagerŪ Program (CPM). In 2016 the Nebraska CPM Program is beginning its ninth year of assisting Nebraska's highly dedicated public/nonprofit managers to better serve their communities.
The Nebraska Certified Public ManagerŪ Program enhances performance by teaching supervisors and managers to apply recognized management theories and best practices to the challenges they face. The Nebraska CPM Program is designed for current and future supervisors and managers employed in public service or non-profits.
The Nebraska Certified Public ManagerŪ Program is more than a collection of educational sessions. It is an organized course of study in supervision and management designed specifically for managers. Participants not only attend on-campus sessions or post on-line, but during the period between sessions they also work on assignments and a significant capstone project that is of benefit to the participant's organization.
Recognizing that budgets are limited, we have worked to keep the Nebraska CPM program affordable. The fee for the program is $2,500 for all twelve sessions.Another incentive to participate in the program is the undergraduate and/or graduate credits that can be earned. Graduates of the Nebraska CPM Program can receive 15 upper level college credits which can be used to complete a Bachelors in General Studies (BGS) through UNO's Division of Continuing Studies Program. There is no charge for these credits beyond the $2,500 tuition for the CPM Program. If they have an undergraduate degree, graduates can receive six graduate credits toward a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree from UNO. To receive the MPA credits, participants must enroll in the UNO graduate school and pay tuition and fees for the six credit hours. Nebraska CPM participants who do not live in Nebraska must pay non-resident tuition. No work beyond the CPM program requirements is necessary to receive the undergraduate and graduate credits.
Applications for the 2016 cohort is limited. We don't want your employees to miss this opportunity; the program won't be offered again until January 2017. A brochure and detailed training schedule is enclosed. For more information about the Nebraska Certified Public Manager ProgramŪ and application process, please contact Ellen Freeman Wakefield at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (402-554-2636), A program application is also available at the School of Public Administration website.
We are excited about beginning another cohort in 2016 and hope that your employees will be able to take advantage of it. Please share this information with others in your organization and urge them to apply for the Nebraska Certified Public Manager ProgramŪ.  The program application is due November 30th.

What else you may need to know
Course Schedule
Certified Public Manager Program Flier
Certified Public Manager Program Application 
legallineLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.

Conflict of Interest - Gifts (Door Prizes)
What is a gift?
A gift is defined as a payment, subscription, advance, forbearance, rendering, or deposit of money, services, or anything of value, unless consideration of equal or greater value is given therefor. Gift does not include a campaign contribution otherwise reported as required by law, a commercially reasonable loan made in the ordinary course of business, a gift received from a relative, a breakfast, luncheon, dinner, or other refreshments consisting of food and beverage provided for immediate consumption, or the occasional provision of transportation within the State of Nebraska. Section 49-1423.
Door prizes received by public officials and public employees are gifts. Such a gift becomes the property of the public official or public employee and not the property of the governmental entity sending the employee to the event. 1994 Accountability and Disclosure Opinion 7/8/1994.
Books, printed matter, and other items which are received by a public official or public employee as the result of his or her attendance at a convention paid for by the state or a political subdivision normally become the property of the state or the political subdivision. That is, items received as part of the cost of registration belong to the unit of government paying for the registration. 1994 Accountability and Disclosure Opinion 7/8/1994. 
Who is required to file a statement of financial interests?
Among others, an elected county official must file with the Commission of Accountability and Disclosure a statement of financial interests for the preceding calendar year on or before April 1 of each year in which such individual holds such a position. Additionally, an individual who leaves office must, within thirty days after leaving office, file a statement covering the period since the previous statement was filed. Section 49-1493(10).
What information about gifts must be reported in a statement of financial interests?
Individuals must file the following information for themselves:
The name, address, and occupation or nature of business of any person from whom a gift in the value of more than $100 was received, a description of the gift and the circumstances of the gift, and the monetary value category of the gift, based on a good faith estimate by the individual, reported in the following categories: (i) $100.01 - $200; (ii) $200.01 - $500; (iii) $500.01 - $1,000; and (iv) $1,000.01 or more. Section 49-1496See Statement of Financial Interests - NADC Form C-1 .
Note: County Officials who file Statements of Financial Interest must report all gifts of more than $100 except those received from relatives. Door prizes of more than $100 must also be reported.
What are prohibited acts related to gifts?
Section 49-14,101 provides that no person shall offer or give anything of value, including a gift, based on an agreement that the vote, official action, or judgment of any public official, public employee, or candidate would be influenced thereby to the following: (a) A public official, public employee, or candidate; (b) A member of the immediate family of an individual listed in subdivision (a) of this subsection; or (c) A business with which an individual listed under subdivision (a) or (b) of this subsection is associated. No person listed previously shall solicit or accept anything of value, including a gift, loan, contribution, reward, or promise of future employment based on an agreement that the vote, official action, or judgment of the public official, public employee, or candidate would be influenced thereby. With limited exception for purchasing agents or staff, any person violating this section shall be guilty of a Class III misdemeanor. Section 49-14,101.
For additional information contact:
Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
11th Floor of the State Capitol, P.O. Box 95086
Lincoln, NE   68509
Phone: 402.471.2522
Countygovernementdaycd County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to The CD order form is available here.
NACO's 2015 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  In January, county clerks for each county will receive one complimentary copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse.  For additional copies, click here for the order form.
County_Board_Handbook_2012 2014 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2014 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2014 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2014 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website here. For questions, contact Ashley Vandeloo by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News From NACo
nacoweb NACO Web-based Education 
Instrument Training for Integrity Pilots

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST

Just as pilots have to trust their instruments during bad weather, public servants must steer their way through the temptations of instinctual judgment, and trust their instruments. This webinar concludes with a ten point checklist of integrity decision-making.
To register for the event, please click here.
Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street | Lincoln, NE 68508 | 402-434-5660