Brian Hanson, Sarpy County’s longtime fiscal administrator, retired Friday after 33 years on the job, during which he worked for 35 county commissioners and earned the county a Triple A bond rating.
Friday was Brian Hanson Day in Sarpy County, so declared by the County Board on April 30, and many dozens of county employees crowded into the County Board’s meeting room to say goodbye to the man described by current County Board Chairman Don Kelly as “a financial wizard.”
“We’ve always had a healthy budget,” Kelly said April 30 while presenting the proclamation declaring Brian Hanson Day.
“He’s always balanced the books, and we have the highest bond rating that’s even possible, and that’s because of his stewardship over our financial matters.
“He’s been a trusted advisor to me, a trusted advisor to administrators, and a trusted advisor to dozens and dozens of elected officials since he’s been in Sarpy County.”
The proclamation stated Hanson began his career with Sarpy County as fiscal administrator on July 22, 1985, and he occupied that position ever since.
He also served as the county’s purchasing agent from 1991 to 2018 and served for 26 years on the board of directors of the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, which provides low-cost insurance to Sarpy County and 80 other counties in Nebraska.
Hanson, who was accompanied during the retirement ceremonies by Sharon, his wife of 42 years, expressed gratitude to the county commissioners he has served, as well as the many county employees he said contributed to his success.
In particular, he cited former Sarpy County Administrator Mark Wayne, who retired in June 2017 and with whom Hanson served for 32 years.
Wayne, Hanson said, had been a friend and a mentor.