KEARNEY — None of the Buffalo County courthouse officials up for re-election is facing a challenger in the Nov. 6 election.

Although all are unopposed, they responded to questionnaires from the Kearney Hub.

Their responses are below.

Jean A. Sidwell

Jean A. Sidwell

Jean A. Sidwell

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Treasurer

Current Elective Office: Treasurer

Years in That Office: 35

Prior Elective Office: None

Occupation: County Treasurer

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: The treasurer’s office has given me experience that is valuable to the taxpayer and to the management of this office. The laws change almost every legislative session and there is a need to remain flexible with those changes, making service to the customer consistent and relevant.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: The issue that faces treasurer’s offices is implementing a new motor vehicle computer system to be in place in October 2019. The DMV has been working on this conversion for several years, and I have been able to play an active part in helping with the project.

3. How will you make a difference if you’re elected?

Answer: I have consistently been able to staff this office with a group of dedicated and hard-working personnel. As such, the staff is smaller than it was in 1983, which, in turn, helps me manage a conservative budget. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the county treasurer.

Neil A. Miller

Neil A. Miller

Neil A. Miller

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Sheriff

Current Elective Office: Sheriff

Years In That Office: 28

Prior Elective Offices: None

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: As a partner agency of the police and sheriff colocation I bring an understanding and the cooperative leadership to ensure that it continues. With a new chief of police coming, it will be important to have at least one of the two department heads with a history of the process and agreements.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: With Buffalo County having such high employment and public safety having a smaller group of interested people, it is a challenge to find qualified individuals. Once finding them, it’s difficult to retain them due to schedules involving nights, weekends and holidays, not to mention the stress.

Question 3: How will you make a difference if you’re elected.

Answer: I have established many partnerships that serve our agency and have provided cost savings to the people of Buffalo County. Things like regional 911 equipment sharing, contracting inmate holds, regional service and training agreements have saved the taxpayers money or improved services.

Ethel Skinner

Ethel Skinner

Ethel Skinner

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Assessor

Current Elective Office: Assessor

Years in That Office:

Prior Elective Offices: None

Occupation: Appraiser

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: I was appointed to this office by the Buffalo County Board. I refiled and am the only person running. I have around 35 years of experience in the assessment and appraisal fields.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: Providing the people of Buffalo County with equalization and fairness in the assessment of their property. It may take a bit of time but this is something I will strive for.

Question 3: How will you make a difference if you’re elected?

Answer: I will continue to work toward fairness for everybody. I would encourage anyone with a problem in their valuation to come and talk with me.

Kellie John

Kellie John

Kellie John

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Register Of Deeds

Current Elective Office: Register of deeds

Years in That Office: 20

Prior Elective Offices: None

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: I am committed to continued excellence in customer service, recording, maintaining, preserving and modernizing with technology updates of the real estate records for Buffalo County. The strengths I bring are the experience and knowledge of the records, understanding legal descriptions and statutes in order to perform the job with accuracy and attention to detail it demands.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: No response received.

Question 3: How will you make a difference if you’re elected?

Answer: I continue to accept the responsibility that my mission is one of service and stewardship to the public. I also will continue to protect the integrity of the records with accuracy and attention to detail that our taxpayers deserve.

Shawn R. Eatherton

Shawn R. Eatherton

Shawn R. Eatherton

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Attorney

Current Elective Office: County attorney

Years in That Office: 16

Prior Elective Offices: None

Occupation: Attorney

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: It is an honor to serve Buffalo County as the county attorney. Experience, accountability and the willingness to work with the other agencies and services in the county are strengths in my candidacy.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: Continuing to meet the demands of a rapidly growing region will stress our judicial system in the coming years. The constant proliferation of the distribution and use of illegal drugs will be a challenge for our communities, and the legalization of drugs in surrounding states will intensify the issues.

Question 3: How will you make a difference if you’re elected?

Answer: Developing stronger partnerships with the agencies we currently work with, and forging new relationships with others that serve the public will be a continued priority. Collaborating to maximize the work that we do to protect the public, with the minimum impact on the taxpayers, is the ultimate goal.

Janice I. Giffin

Janice I. Giffin

Janice I. Giffin

Town: Kearney

Office Sought: Buffalo County Clerk

Current Elective Office: County clerk

Years in That Office: 12 years

Prior Elective Offices:

Occupation:

Question 1: Why are you seeking office and what are the strengths you bring?

Answer: I am seeking the office of county clerk because I want to continue to serve the citizens of Buffalo County. I believe that I have strong leadership skills to maintain this office in a responsible and courteous manner.

Question 2: What is the most pressing issue in your race?

Answer: I am unopposed, but I don’t take this candidacy lightly. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the county clerk, and I believe I have represented Buffalo County well. I am available to discuss any issues the public may have regarding the office of the county clerk.

Question 3: How will you make a difference if you’re elected?

Answer: I am committed to maintaining accurate employee and vendor claim records, county board records and filings, and issue marriage licenses. I avail myself to the training provided by Nebraska Association of County Officials and the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association.

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