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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

County Approves New Veteran Service Officer


November 7, 2018

Forrest Hershberger

Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Fred Wiedeburg, left, was appointed Monday morning as the new Veterans Service Officer. He will be working part-time in the Veterans Service Office through December as a transition period, and part-time with the sheriff's office until he takes the reigns full time in January. Until then, Veteran Services Officer Ron Gusman, right, will remain on duty full-time.

The Veterans Service Committee met with the Cheyenne County Commissioners Monday, announcing their choice for a new county Veterans Service Officer.

Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Fred Wiedeburg will be assuming the duties of Veterans Service Officer Jan. 1. Veterans Service Officer Ron Gusman announced his retirement earlier this fall.

Wiedeburg will share his duties between the Sheriff's Office and Veterans Service Office through the transition period of November and December. During that time, Gusman will continue as the full-time Veterans Service Officer.

Gusman said Monday there are about 750 veterans in Cheyenne County, and likely more who are not aware of the service or do not take advantage of the programs.

Wiedeburg is a 20-year veteran, having served five years in the U.S. Navy and 15 years in the U.S. Army. He has been on staff with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office since 2004.

"I've got some big shoes to fill," Wiedeburg said Monday.

Gusman said he is confident in Wiedeburg's energy and ability.

Commissioner Chairman Darrell Johnson commended Gusman on his service for the county veterans.

"I think you've done an outstanding job," Johnson said.

Larry Nelson, chairman of the Veterans Service Committee, said they received seven applications and interviewed four applicants.

In other business, the commissioners approved County Treasurer Diane Scott to transfer funds totaling $816,000 from the Cheyenne County Road and Bridge Fund to the Road Sinking Fund. Scott said the transfers were already approved, but there were no dates documented. She told the commissioners it would be wise for them to formally authorize her to transfer the funds within a specific time period.

County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh told the commissioners of an award presented to the county. The Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA) recently recognized Cheyenne County for its support of the organization. NIRMA is a not-for-profit, member-owned and operated risk management and self-insurance pool designed by and for Nebraska counties, according to the organization's website. NIRMA was created in 1988 under the Intergovernmental Risk Management Act and the Interlocal Cooperation Act. The organization is subject to all applicable rules and regulations of the Nebraska Department of Insurance. NIRMA started with 32 county members, now serving 95 members.

In other business, the commissioners discussed gas service for the mobile home located at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. The county is seeking to sell the mobile home which is unoccupied at the fairgrounds. The commissioners discussed if the meter would be used for anything other than the mobile home, and if the county is charged for the meter. The commissioners decided to have the meter removed.


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