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NPA President Plans to Retire After 25 Years

  The long-term executive director of the Nebraska Press Association will retire next year.

  The NPA announced the retirement of Allen J. Beermann earlier this month. He said he plans to remain on staff through the hiring and training of his replacement in 2020.

  “During my 25 years at the Nebraska Press Association, I promised that I would defend the First Amendment and protect the open meetings and open records laws of Nebraska to the best of my ability,” Beermann said in a statement released June 3. “I am comfortable in my assessment that I have met my promises and therefore, I feel comfortable in my decision to retire.”

  Beermann served six terms as Nebraska Secretary of State, from 1971 through 1995. He began his career as legal counsel for the Secretary of State’s office in 1967. He became executive director of the NPA in January 1995. He is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, and he was inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018.

  The NPA plans to form a transition committee to advertise the job opening and recommend top candidates to the organization’s board of directors. Beermann said he plans to stay on for a period of months subsequent to the hiring.

– Scott Stewart

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