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      • To respect and respond to Douglas County citizens and provide quality services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

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Douglas County, incorporated in 1854, forms part of one of the nation's major metropolitan areas along the Missouri River, with Omaha as its largest city. The county has a broad-based economy with strong trade, service, and manufacturing sectors, with many corporations headquartered in the county. This is the major insurance and telemarketing center of the United States. The employment base is diverse and employment remains stable. Douglas County's unemployment rate has consistently remained below the state and national averages. The county operates under the board of commissioners-administrator form of government. Policy making is vested in the Board of Commissioners, which consists of seven members.


Notice of the offices to be filled by election that will appear on the 2018 General Election Ballot in Douglas County, Nebraska. View full Notice 


A'Jamal ByndonA’Jamal Byndon, a longtime advocate of social justice, poverty reduction and serving those in need in the Omaha area, starts with Douglas County on Feb. 26, 2018 as the county’s first Disproportionate Minority Contact and Compliance Coordinator.

Byndon, who most recently worked for PromiseShip (formerly known as Nebraska Families Collaborative) as its Diversity and Community Initiatives Coordinator, has more than 34 years of experience in social services and improving race relations in the community. He was one of seven founding members of Omaha Table Talk, which fostered a better understanding of racial issues and experiences of many in Omaha.

“He has been dedicated to fairness in the juvenile justice system for a long time,” said Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers. “I'm glad to have him on our team to help solve this issue. He brings a fearlessness and a tact to this that I respect and I look forward to working with him.”

In this new role for Douglas County, Byndon will collect and analyze data to assist in identifying factors that contribute to Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). He will also work with a variety of juvenile justice stakeholders and community members to guide and inform efforts leading to prevention and intervention strategies. Byndon will work with both law enforcement and judges to ensure proportional treatment for juveniles in the system.

“I’ve always wanted to work for the government as a change agent,” Byndon said. “My goal is to work with a coalition of different people to reduce the disproportionality of juveniles in the criminal justice system. We should not just throw the books at our kids. Many of these kids need mentoring, role models and institutions that support their families. We need to have some tough love and discipline, teach parenting skills to our families and get institutions and organizations to provide quality services to those in need.”

Fighting for social justice is a part of Byndon’s family history. His late mother, Lerlean N. Johnson, was one of seven women who sued Omaha Public Schools over segregation in the early 1970s and won. Byndon also served two years in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Botswana in southern Africa.

“Social justice is in my DNA,” Byndon said. “My whole career has been about serving others and I’m looking forward to this next chapter.”

 

 

Douglas County residents and employees can now properly dispose of their U.S. flags at the Douglas County Commissioners’ office located in the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam St., Suite LC2.

Through a partnership between the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation, and the National Sheriff’s Association, Douglas County now has its first flag disposal box. Douglas County Commissioner and NACo 2nd Vice President Mary Ann Borgeson plans to add more boxes in various Douglas County offices throughout the year to make the program convenient for residents.

Mary Ann Borgeson with flag box

“I am excited to bring this program to Douglas County,” Borgeson said. “The program will assist our residents in properly and respectfully disposing of their flags, especially after a bitterly cold and snowy winter.”

Proper disposal of the American flag is a sign of respect as the U.S. flag honors our country’s history and the people who fight to protect our freedom. When a flag is worn, tattered, ripped or soiled beyond repair, it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country and should be retired and disposed of properly.

Douglas County received its first flag disposal box at no cost thanks to its membership with NACo. Once the box is full, local Boy Scouts will retire the flags properly.

Additional locations of flag disposal boxes will be determined and announced at a later date.

 

 

photo of Tanya Burnside receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. awardCongratulations to Tanya Burnside, a work release officer for the Douglas County Department of Corrections, who received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award on Jan. 12, 2018 for her support of diversity, inclusivity and equality.

Burnside, who has worked for DCDC since 2006, is known for her compassion, inspiration, and vision.

“It’s more than a job for her,” said Mark Foxall, director of Corrections. “She cares about her community and is sincere and passionate about the people she is helping."

Burnside was nominated by Kenneth Matthews, who also works for Corrections. In his nomination letter, Matthews wrote: “Tanya works diligently to promote a diverse work environment. Her vision includes everyone having the opportunity to achieve their personal goals and maximize their contribution to any organization. Tanya has built several projects including the No Bars project, which helps at-risk youth avoid incarceration and limits their exposure to violence. She also works side-by-side with various community partners who invest in improving the lives of our most disadvantaged youth and seniors. One of Tanya’s main goals for the future is reducing the disproportionate number of minorities entering the judicial system.”

(Pictured above from left: Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Tanya Burnside, and Douglas County Department of Corrections Director Mark Foxall.)

 

Notice:
For safety purposes, individuals are subject to a security screening upon entry to the Omaha Douglas Civic Center, or any portion of the building such as the Legislative Chambers or other meeting and court rooms located within the facility.
Video surveillance equipment is in use throughout the building. 
Weapons are not permitted in the building except by authorized personnel.
Leafleting, electioneering, the exhibition of signs, petition gathering, and political fundraising are not allowed within the interior of the facility.
Masks, hoods or other devices covering a substantial portion of the face may not be worn within the facility except as a matter of religious belief, incidental to medical treatment, or in the course of performing trade or occupational work within the facility where such mask may be worn for safety.

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Omaha Douglas Civic Center