A spring graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the new superintendent at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area near Ogallala.
Colby Johnson will take over Nov. 1. He replaces Bill Oligmueller, who is the new superintendent at Platte River State Park near Louisville.
Johnson is a native of Ogallala and a graduate of South Platte High School in Big Springs, Neb. He grew up fishing and boating at Lake McConaughy, the state's largest reservoir.
Johnson has been the assistant golf course superintendent for the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department in Gillette, Wyo., since May. He has a bachelor of science degree in turfgrass and landscape management.
Oligmueller, a native of Jackson, Neb., and graduate of Bellevue University, took over at Platte River State Park last month.
He started his Nebraska Game and Parks Commission career as Platte River's facility maintenance technician, before being promoted to assistant park superintendent at nearby Mahoney State Park. He transferred a year ago to Lake McConaughy after a decade at Mahoney.
Lake McConaughy hosts nearly 1 million visitors a year. — David Hendee