Applications are being accepted through the end of business today from citizens wishing to fill the vacancy created in the Unicameral by the resignation of Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion.
Gov. Pete Ricketts promises to waste no time in choosing a replacement.
“And we’re going to move very quickly to make sure that the Second District is represented,” Ricketts tells reporters.
Ricketts acknowledges a few names have come to mind.
“There were people I thought might be good candidates, but again, will wait until everybody comes in to review the entire list and then we’ll start sorting through that and interview a few of those folks,” Ricketts says.
Ricketts had called on Kintner to resign last year after he confessed to using a state-owned laptop computer for cybersex. The senator refused and only resigned under pressure from fellow legislators when it came to light he had retweeted an offensive tweet which mocked participants in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Ricketts is short in his reaction to Kintner’s resignation.
“I think Sen. Kintner did the right thing,” Ricketts says.
Legislative District Two includes Cass County as well as portions of Sarpy and Otoe Counties.
Kintner’s resignation became effective January 30th. Applications to fill the vacancy will be taken until 5pm today. Applicants must have lived in the district for a year, be registered to vote, and be at least 21.
Gov. Ricketts can seek other applicants.
The appointment is for two years. The appointee will serve until January 2019.
Interested individuals may complete an application online at www.Governor.Nebraska.gov. The application can be found on the website under the Boards & Commissions tab. Applicants may also include a cover letter, resume, and any additional background materials with their application.
Questions about the application process can be directed to Kathleen Dolezal with the Governor’s Office at 402-471-2256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.