Leadership Class Attends Legal and Law Enforcement Session
The Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County class attended a Legal and Law
Enforcement session on May 19, 2015.
The class members started the day with Brandy VanDeWalle, UNL Extension
Educator. Throughout the year she talked with the class about power and
influence, sources of motivation, change, etc. Now using these skills and knowing more
about Fillmore County, she asked “what will be your next step to emerge as a leader”.
The class members spent several hours at the Courthouse where they
toured the Fillmore County jail with Sheriff Bill Burgess, Fillmore County Sheriff
Secretary Brandie Conway, and learned about the dispatcher’s duties
Peggy Birky, Clerk of the District Court, and Cindy Carrigan, Clerk of the County
Court, shared with the group their responsibilities and they part they play in the court
Cathy Wismer, director of the Fillmore County CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocate), explained how this program gives the judge information about the child’s
needs when making decisions.
The group then traveled to the Heartland Boys Home. Jerry Craig,
Director, explained the program and gave a tour of the facility. Several students
at the home visited with the class members as they enjoyed a snack furnished by the
Heartland Boys Home dietary staff.
At noon the group went to the Geneva Public Library where they had lunch
sponsored by Cornerstone Bank. Drew Ferguson from the Nebraska State Patrol HDQ
Narcotics Unit, gave a slide presentation about the drugs that are found in Nebraska and
the ways they are being combated.
The final stop of the day was at Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center (YRTC). Dan Scarborough, Administrator, welcomed the class. Breaking into two groups, two of the staff took the class on the tour of the Center. After the tour Dan Scarborough, Cindy Betka, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program Director, Anita Haumont, Volunteer Coordinator, and Dr. Cindy Nash, clinical psychologist, answered questions about the programs at the Center.
On June 16th the 2014-2015 Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County
Class will graduate from the program with a special ceremony and lunch at the VFW.
Persons interested in learning more about Odegeo…Leadership for
Fillmore County Development Corporation may call 402-759-4910 or email
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