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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.)


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