This will be the first full week on the job — and on the bench — for Gage County District Judge Ricky Schreiner, who took the oath of office last Thursday in Beatrice.
Judge Schreiner is the former Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney and says this new position is a tremendous honor.
“A number of years ago I was told that my purpose in life was to fit myself to be of maximum service to God and my fellow man,” Schreiner says. “I tried to do that as best as an imperfect human being can do and as a result of that, I stand here in front of you. This is not about me.”
Schreiner thanked those who helped him along the way and says he’s learned greatly from practicing in front of judges in the 1st Judicial District.
“Senator Ernie Chambers once said that most new judges realize they’ve assumed a role that is bigger than themselves and unlike any other in the legal profession. He went on to say that a sense of independence and responsibility will drape itself over that person, just like the robe they wear when they sit on the bench,” Schreiner says. “Senator Chambers was right. I certainly feel the weight of that responsibility and the independence and nobody knows how heavy this robe is or how much it costs until you actually put it on.”
He praised the judges of the district he has appeared before, the court clerk staff members, the bailiffs and court reporters.
“I can’t put into words how incredibly honored I am to be placed in this position of trust and service, but that’s just what it is,” Schreiner says. “My office is full of books containing the law and the decisions that apply to it and I’ll deal with those on a daily basis. There’s another book where I’m instructed to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. I’ll strive to do so daily as I perform my duties as your district court judge.”
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice