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Legal Briefs 3/20/17  03/20/17 3:04:44 PM

New Chief Probation Officer Named for District 4A Probation
Tim Sprakel, District 4A Probation, has begun his service as Chief Probation Officer in Omaha. His appointment became effective March 1, 2017. The Chief Probation Officer for District 4A manages a staff of 110 employees, which includes 65 Probation Officers at four office locations in Omaha.
Sprakel began his career with probation in June of 2000 as an Intensive Supervision Probation Officer. In 2005 he was promoted to Intensive Supervision Probation Supervisor and in 2006 was promoted to Intensive Supervision Probation Coordinator. Sprakel was promoted to Chief Deputy Probation Officer in 2007.
Upon the retirement of former Chief Probation Officer Ron Broich, Sprakel was appointed Acting Chief in October of 2016.
Sprakel graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Six Submit their Names for District Judge in the 1st Judicial District
Nathan B. Cox, Plattsmouth; Erin Ebeler Rolf, Eagle; Louie M. Ligouri, Auburn; David J. Partsch, Nebraska City; Paul A. Payne, Dodge; and Julie D. Smith, Cook, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 1st Judicial District consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties.  The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, or another site within the district to be determined by the appointed judge. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr.
The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the District Court Courtroom at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice, Nebraska, beginning at 2 p.m. on April 4, 2017. The Commission will review all applicants for the office at that time.  The public is welcome to attend the hearing and present information concerning candidates for the judicial opening.
A listing of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission can be found on the Nebraska Judicial Branch Web site at https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/2592/first-district-district-court.
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