Six candidates advance for Lincoln County Commissioner District 4 and 5

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The process to see who will fill the position for Lincoln County's District Four and Five Commissioner continues.

The Commissioners Selection Committee gathered Thursday to review the resumes of the twelve candidates who applied for the job.

Four applied for the district four seat and eight applied for district five.

The committee narrowed down each district to three applicants.

"Well this is our first time through this process since I've been in office so it's been an interesting process," said Lincoln County Clerk Rebecca Rossell. "We had a lot of qualified applicants that did apply and narrowing those down was a difficult decision. And where you have to do it in an open meeting setting, it makes it even a little bit more harder to do. But, it's our duty, so we are going to do the best we can. We try to be open and transparent about the process and applications as best we can."

The committee will interview the six candidates on Monday starting at 11 am.

It is an open meeting. Each interview will last about 45 minutes.

The committee hopes to have their two candidates chosen by the end of the day.

The three candidates that will advance to the interview round for district four are Walter Johnson of North Platte, Mark Stinson of North Platte and Dwight Thompson of Sutherland.

Billy Kleinow of North Platte, Jerry Woodruff of North Platte and Rod Rayburn of Brady advance for the district five position.

The candidates will be interviewed based on the following questions:
1. Do you have any concerns related to Lincoln County?
2. Are you familiar with the actual duties of a Commissioner and can you tell us what they are?
3.At any given time the position of a Commissioner can be very demanding:
A) Are you willing to devote as much time as needed to this position?
B) Do you have time to commit to this position?
C) If currently employed - would your job interfere with attending board meetings, other committee meetings or educational training? Conflicts?
4. The position of Commissioner expires January, 2021 - Is it your intent to run for re-election in 2020 to retain this position?
5. What is your understanding of the relationship between the County Board and other County Officials such as Appointed Officials and other Elected County Officials?
6.What is your understanding of the Nebraska Open Meeting Laws and Closed Sessions?
7. Can you explain to the Committee the public entity budgeting process and what factors are used to calculate levies? Do you think the county levy is too high, and if so, how do you feel you could make cuts or changes?
8. The regular board meetings are every Monday morning. Are you aware that you are "on call" at all times?
9. What kind of experience do you have running a business? Are you currently or have you previously managed employees?
10. Many times a Commissioner has to handle unpopular decisions, especially when it comes to friends, family and constituents. How will you handle making an unpopular decision? Do you have a problem making decisions under pressure?

The candidates are expected to be sworn into office and take their seats on Monday, December 17th.

A copy of the questions is also available at the county clerk's office.