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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

'Changing of the Guard' in Sidney Code Enforcement


Forrest Hershberger

Pictured from left are Lisa Hanley and Joanie Matthes. Hanley is the new Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Sidney. Matthes is resigning after 17 years as Code Enforcement Officer. Matthes' last day was Friday, July 13.

A little more than 17 years ago, a police officer was directed with enforcing the Sidney City codes. In addition to the duties associated with being a police officer, there was citing residents for overgrown weeds, inoperable vehicles and other issues written within the city code.

That changed when the city was awarded a grant to fund a position specifically for code enforcement. The position was later funded as a specific title within the Sidney Police Department.

Joanie Matthes has had the title of Code Enforcement Officer since it was established. She recently ended her 17 year run to m...

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