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(Neb)-North Platte City Administrator Named To Highway Commission

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/21/2017 11:59 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed one new member to the Nebraska State Highway Commission and reappointed 4 current members to new 6-year terms.

       North Platte City Administrator Jim Hawks fills the vacancy created in District 6 when Ron Books, also of North Platte, who resigned in late August with plans to retire to Colorado. Hawks says he hopes to eventually be appointed to his own 6 year term.

      An engineer, Hawks moved to North Platte more than 30 years ago as a consultant and went on to serve as Lincoln County Surveyor, county highway superintendent, and utility Municipal Light and Water before becoming city administrator 15 years agol

       He's past president of both  the Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska and the Nebraska Association of County Engineers, Highway Superintendents and Surveyors, co-chaired a transportation task force under then-Gov. Mike Johanns in 2003, and is currently a member of the state Innovation Task Force for Transportation

         The current Highway Commission members reappointed by Ricketts are Mary Gerdes from District 1, David Copple of District 3, James Kindig District 4, and Greg Wolford District 7. The State Highway Commission acts as a liaison between the public and the transportation department on highway matters. holding meetings across throughout the year to provide a forum for public input.


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