The Scottsbluff City Council Monday evening received a presentation from the executive director of the League of Nebraska Municipalities.
Lynn Rex presented information on governance and municipal operations to help the council better understand their roles and responsibilities, given that three of the five council members are in their first terms.
Rex told the council her mission was to review the forms of government, talk about the council members roles in that form of government, and also try to differentiate between Scottsbluff’s city manager plan and the mayor city council plan, which is used by Gering. Rex explained how a city manager plan is fundamentally different from from any other form of government in the state. Which means that voters elect a council, and the council chooses a president and vice president, which is ex-officio because they are legislative or policy making in nature.
She told the council that Scottsbluff’s city manager plan, both nationally and also on the state level, is viewed as the premier plan for local government. The reason for that is that it takes away a lot of the politics. Rex says it takes away who can get to somebody to decide who gets what position. Because while the city manager does not have civil service protection, they do have the protection of knowing that he or she is in the position to make those decisions.
Rex thanked the council for the invitation, and noted that Scottsbluff has always been highly regarded across the state, largely due to the groundwork laid many years ago by former city manager Frank Kohler and former mayor Don Overman.