County Awards

Jean Sidwell
Jean Sidwell & President Earl McNutt

County Official of the Year Award

Jean Sidwell, Buffalo County Treasurer was honored by the Nebraska Association of County Officials as the County Official of the Year during the 124th Annual Conference Awards Ceremony this week in Kearney. Sidwell has served as the Buffalo County Treasurer in her elected capacity since 1983. She is pictured receiving her award from 2018 NACO President, Earl McNutt.

Pat Holtzman

President Earl McNutt & Patricia Holtzman
Judy Dailey

President Earl McNutt & Judy Dailey

Life Time Achievement Award

Three long time NACO participants were selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for their service to their communities and in their involvement with NACO for 25 years or more. 

Receiving their awards from 2018 NACO President, Earl McNutt are Judy Dailey, McPherson County Assessor since 1983 and Patricia Holtzman, Nemaha County Treasurer since 1981. John Brehm, Scottsbluff County Veteran Service Officer for Scottsbluff County since 1974 will receive his award, but was not available for a photo.

Royce Gonzales

Royce Gonzales & President Earl McNutt
Sarah Freidel

President Earl McNutt & Sarah Freidel

Next Generation Award

Two county officials received the NACO Next Generation Award for showing a promising future by being actively involved in their affiliate groups and by showing a strong interest in the development of NACO through leadership and education.

Presenting each of the awards to Sarah Freidel, Burt County Clerk, Register of Deeds and Election Commissioner since 2015 and Royce Gonzales, Clerk of the District Court in Nuckolls County since 2011 is Earl McNutt, 2018 NACO President.  

County Official of the Year

Awarded to any elected or appointed county official currently holding office that has modeled leadership by example and has contributed to county government and local community activities both personally and professionally. 

Past Recipients

Life Time Achievement Award

 Awarded to NACO participants for their service to their communities and in their involvement with NACO for 25 years or more. 

Next Generation Award

Awarded to County Officials for showing a promising future by being actively involved in their affiliate groups and by showing a strong interest in the development of NACO through leadership and education.

Outstanding County Board Member of the Year

Awarded to County Board Members who have been in office for at least four (4) terms, have been active on regional boards, been chairman of their county board, participated in the legislative process, and appointed to a statewide committee. They also will have regularly attended NACO educational opportunities, events and meetings.