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Board of Commissioners

County Advisory Boards, Commissions & Task Forces

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners appoints citizens to various advisory boards, commissions and task forces. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following, please complete the following application.

Justice & Law Enforcement

Indigent Defense Advisory Committee

This committee assists the Lancaster County Public Defender in designing, implementing and selecting contractors who would provide indigent defense services to assist the district, county, and juvenile court judges in recruiting and developing lists of qualified attorneys to act as assigned counsel in the courts of Lancaster County, and provides counsel and advice on other issues relating to indigent defense in Lancaster County. The committee also advises the Lancaster County Public Defender, upon request, regarding the appropriate caseload levels and compensation levels, and other matters as requested.

The committee consists of five members, nominated by the Lincoln Bar Association Board of Trustees and appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Members are appointed for three year terms.

The committee meets 2-4 times per year.

Planning & Development

Lancaster County Board Of Zoning Appeals

The County Board of Zoning Appeals is a body of five citizens appointed for staggered five-year terms by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Zoning Appeals is charged by state and local law with hearing cases relating to variances to the County's Zoning Resolution, errors in decisions or determinations of administrative officials, or certain exceptions relating to height, area, density, or parking requirements. Decisions of the County Board of Zoning Appeals are appealable to the County Board.

The County Board of Zoning Appeals is comprised of five voting members

Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission is a body of nine citizens appointed for staggered six-year terms by the Mayor with concurrence of the City Council and County Board. The Planning Commission is charged by state and local law with advising the City Council and County Board on a variety of planning and development matters.

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The Planning Commission is comprised of nine voting members

Health & Human Services

Lincoln-Lancaster County Board Of Health

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health promotes and provides health protection to the residents of Lincoln and Lancaster County. This is a nine-member Board which serves as an advisory body assisted by Health Department staff. Members are appointed for three year terms by the County Board, Mayor and County Board.

The Board of Health meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Training Center - 3140 N St., Lincoln, NE 68510

Aging Partners Areawide Advisory Council

The Advisory Council exists as an advisory body to Aging Partners and to its signatory member counties, and to the appointed and elected officials of the local governing units within the eight-county "planning and service area" (PSA), to groups and organizations whose interest, service, or regulation, in whole or in part, affect the lives and interests of older persons, and to the advisory and governing arms of the Aging Network at both state and national levels. The Advisory Council's actions shall take the form of recommendations. Execution of the Advisory Council's recommendations rests with the appropriate local, state or national officials or organization directors.

The membership of the Advisory Council shall come from the current signatory members to Aging Partners as of July 1, each year. The membership is based in part on the proportional relationship of each county's 60+ population and shall be as follows: Each county shall be entitled to one representative. Additionally, each county shall be entitled to one additional representative for each group of 4,000 aged 60 + residents. Counties with less than 4,000 60+ population will have at least one additional representative. At least half of each county's representatives to the Advisory Council must be age 60 or older.

Appointment of representatives to the Aging Partners Advisory Council shall be the responsibility of each county's elected governing board providing, however, that the representatives of the Primary County shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Lincoln with the concurrence of the Lincoln City Council.

Veterans Service Committee

The Veterans Service Committee oversees the operations of the Veterans Service Office.

The committee consists of 5 members, appointed by the County Board. The County Board appoints members from a list of eligible veterans recommended by the recognized veterans organizations within the county. Committee members are appointed for five year terms.

The Lancaster County Veterans Service Committee meets quarterly to review and approve the County Veterans Aid funds allocated in the previous quarter, review the amount of Nebraska Aid Fund assistance provided for citizens of the county, approve the quarterly report of services rendered and discuss timely veterans issues. The Commanders of the recognized veteran service organizations in Lancaster County are notified when a vacancy arises and a nomination from one of those organizations is required in order to be considered for committee membership.

Mental Health Crisis Center Advisory Committee

The Advisory Board is established to review and provide comment on the various functions of the Mental Health Crisis Center. It provides local advocacy for persons served with mental illness. Members are appointed by the County Board and serve for three years. They are a representative sample of Mental Health providers, consumers and law enforcement personnel and are scheduled to meet a minimum of six times yearly.


Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council and Parks & Recreation director. It assists in long-range program development and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council through the Parks and Recreation director.

Membership is as follows: one City Council member, one County Board member, ten Lincoln residents and two non-Lincoln residents. Members are appointed for three year terms.

The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM in the County-City Building, Room 113.


Visitors Promotion Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise the County Board in administering the County Visitor Promotion and Visitors Improvement Funds. These funds consist of proceeds from lodging taxes raised by the County pursuant to the Nebraska Visitors Development Act. The Visitors Promotion Fund is used to promote, encourage, and attract visitors to come to the County and use the travel and tourism facilities within the County. The Visitors Improvement Fund is used to enhance existing visitor attractions or create new visitor attractions in the County.

The committee consists of seven members, three of which are from the hotel/motel industry. The County Board appoints the members who serve four year terms.

The Committee meets quarterly on the third Wednesday at 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.


Air Pollution Control Advisory Board

The committee advises the Mayor, City Council, County Board and Board of Health on needed revisions to local air quality regulations. It also functions as an appeals board for decisions made by the Air Pollution Control Office.

Members are appointed by the Mayor, City Council and County Board for three year terms.

The Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 P.M. at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 N Street.

Ecological Advisory Committee

The members of the committee serve in an advisory capacity to the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, related departments and others which might solicit their advice. The committee will assist in evaluating a long range, open space, land acquisition and/or land easement program as outlined in the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan. This committee is also charged with the responsibility of recommending to the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners those policies and programs which would benefit the plant and animal community in Lancaster County or the City of Lincoln.

Committee appointments are made by the County Board, The membership of the Committee consists of a maximum of 18 members. One County Board member, Directors of the Planning Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the Natural Resources District shall serve as ex-officio members with non-voting privileges.

Committee appointments are on a calendar year basis for a term of three years.

The committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 A.M. in the County-City Building.

General Government

Budget Monitoring Committee

The purpose of the committee is to provide community input into the development of the County budget as well as a community review of County agencies of interest to the committee.

The committee consists of two members of the County Board of Commissioners, two elected County officials, one appointed County official, the County Chief Administrative Officer, the Budget & Fiscal Director, representatives from the Lincoln Independent Business Association, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the community.

The committee usually meets once a year toward the end of July or the first of August.

Keno/Human Services Advisory Board

This committee reviews applications for funding from the Keno Prevention fund, which are dollars set aside from keno revenue for prevention programming in Lincoln/Lancaster County. Money is distributed twice a year.

The eight member board consists of one City Council representative, one County Board representative, three community appointments by the Mayor and three community appointments by the County Board. Board members are appointed for three year terms.

Meetings are held in August and December.

Lancaster County Personnel Policy Board

The purpose of this board is to hear and rule on employee grievances; proposed changes to personnel related rules and regulations; salary adjustments; and other personnel-related issues.

County Personnel Policy Board Meetings are normally held the 1st Thursday of every month at 1:30pm in the Commissioners Hearing Room, County-City Building.

Board members are appointed pursuant to NEB.REV.STAT. §23-2521. Two members of the board are appointed by the Board of Commissioners, two members are appointed by the elected department heads and two members are appointed by the classified employees who are covered by the County personnel system. Members are appointed for five year terms.

Members shall be persons in sympathy with the application of merit principles to public employment and who are not otherwise employed by the county. No member shall hold during his or her term, or shall have held for a period of one year prior thereto, any political office or a position as officer or employee of a political organization.

Public Building Commission

The Public Building Commission (PBC) was created by an interlocal agreement between the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Its general purpose is to manage the use of buildings owned by the City and/or County and jointly used by the City and County. The PBC has levy authority to carry out this purpose.

There are five members on the Commission: two County Commissioners appointed by the County Board; two City Council members appointed by the City and one at-large member appointed from the general public by the City and County. Terms are four years.

The PBC meets monthly, the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM in the County-City Building, Room 113.


Lancaster County Extension Board

The Lancaster County Extension Board serves as an advocate for UNL Extension in Lancaster County. Members of the board are appointed by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners. The Extension Board provides guidance to Extension staff in establishing and accomplishing Extension education program goals and objectives. Annually, it assists in developing an operating budget and local educational priorities.

Members of the board are appointed for three year terms.

The board meets monthly (usually the second Friday at 8 a.m.).

Hospital Authority No. 1

Hospital Authority No. 1 Board Of Trustees

The purpose of the board is primarily to advise the Board of Commissioners regarding the issue of tax-exempt bonds for the purpose of improving/building facilities for hospital type entities.

Appointment to the Board is made by the Board of Commissioners. Term length is 6 years. The Board of Trustees meets as necessary.


Lancaster County Liaison To City Of Lincoln Board Of Trustees

The Board is an administrative board of the library of the City of Lincoln. It works to improve library services through the efficient use of funds, to support adequate funding for library services, and to promote the best use of all library resources.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Board members are appointed for 7 year terms.

The Lancaster County liaison will be appointed for a 7 year term as a non-voting member and must reside outside of the Lincoln city limits.

Please complete an on-line application

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