Local Contractor is New Chairman of The Gage County Board

Local Contractor is New Chairman of The Gage County Board
Erich Tiemann

BEATRICE – Beatrice contractor Eric Tiemann has been elected as the new Chairman of the Gage County Board.   Tiemann, who served as the finance chairman for the supervisors this past year, was elected unanimously during the board’s reorganization meeting.

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The board has one newly elected member…..Eddie Dorn.  Those reelected who ran unopposed in the November election include Tiemann, Gary Lytle and Terry Jurgens.

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Gary Lytle of Beatrice was elected Vice-Chairman of the supervisors.

Meanwhile, could it be a glimmer of hope in the wake of a series of legal setbacks?

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris said today that the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the plaintiffs attorneys to file a response in the county’s appeal of the so-called Beatrice Six verdict and multi-million-dollar civil rights judgment.

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The nation’s highest court has not specifically stated whether it will hear the county’s appeal but did set a deadline for the plaintiff response in the case, of February 8th.   Harris said there is no information regarding the court’s timetable, beyond that.

Six people exonerated through DNA evidence by the State of Nebraska in the 1985 murder and rape of a Beatrice woman, won a more than $28 million judgment against Gage County, alleging a reckless investigation that resulted in the six serving decades in prison.

This year, Gage County began budgeting to pay off the judgment over the next several years, raising the county’s total tax rate to its ceiling.

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