Nebraskans gathered in Kearney last week for the annual continuing education conference for municipal clerks. The event was timely, given a new state audit that reports a Nebraska village clerk made about $719,000 in questionable expenditures going back to 2006. Pilger Clerk Kimberly Neiman was fired in February amid an investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
The vast majority of Nebraska municipal clerks perform their work with commendable dedication and professionalism. The annual conference, sponsored by the College of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is an important tool to help them. Sessions included “Managing Public Finances” and “Embezzlement and What Can Happen.” Such efforts, support from the League of Nebraska Municipalities and state audits are vital to help safeguard local taxpayer dollars.