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A former police officer was named the new Lincoln County Emergency Manager Monday, following action by the Lincoln County Commissioners.
The commissioners unanimously appointed Brandon Myers to the position, which has been vacant since February, when Dan Guenthner resigned.
Guenthner’s resignation was stormy. No details were announced. Tammy Dugger, an administrative aide in the emergency manager’s office, took over as interim manager. She will remain in the office, Commissioner Joe Hewgley said Monday.
Myers, who left the police department last year, said he is looking forward to serving the public.
Myers’ ankle was badly injured in a scuffle April 12, 2013 with a crazed teenager at Great Plains Medical Center. He walks with a slight limp.
The ankle won’t hinder his work as emergency manager, Hewgley said.
A four-person committee selected Myers from eight applicants, said Tammy White, the commissioner’s administrative aide and a committee member.
White, North Platte Fire Chief Dennis Thompson and North Platte City Manager Jim Hawks interviewed four of the eight applicants for the job. From there, they narrowed the field to two and finally unanimously endorsed Myers.
“Any of the four could do the job,” Hewgley said. “The top two were excellent.”
Hewgley said Myers understands police procedures, emergency procedures, and has also taken some emergency management training.
He moved to hire Myers immediately.
Commissioner Willis Roethemeyer showed some reluctance, asking about the status of the job for Dugger. Hewgley said Dugger would remain. Roethemeyer also asked what Myers will be paid. Hewgley said $36,000 a year, the low end of the pay scale.
Then, Roethemeyer seconded the motion.
Duane Deterding said the committee’s recommendation of Myers “speaks volumes to me.”
“With all that’s going on, I would like to see it (the hiring) happen today,” Deterding said, and he voted yes.