Otoe County commissioners unanimously selected Steven Lade chairman of the board Tuesday.
Lade, 62, has served on the county board since a successful petition candidacy in 2008. The Douglas resident represents the Fifth District and was re-elected in November with 97 percent of the vote.
Under Lade's term, the road shop at Burr was offered for sale and the road shop at Palmyra was improved. Lade led reforms to the county's employee safety committee in 2009.
He was involved in the creation of separate construction and road grader crews, intended to provide more accountability for road grading and designate employees to construction projects.
After his 2008 election, redistricting moved Syracuse residents out of his district, but the southwest corner of town was returned to District 5, 2010. With the fairgrounds in his district, Lade has been involved in a remodeling of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension office.
In 2010, he served on a weed control subcommittee with Commissioner Carol Crook. The board later merged the weed superintendent duties with the roads department. Crook moved to nominate Lade for the chairmanship and Commissioner Rick Freshman seconded.
Tim Nelsen, former chairman, moved to cease nominations and elect Lade by unanimous consent. Nelsen nominated Crook for vice chairman.
Lade, a former Syracuse resident, acquired 530 signatures to have his name placed on ballot in 2008.
Other appointments Tuesday were for Southeast Nebraska Development District, Ron Hauptman; Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation, Rick Freshman; Region V Services, Crook; Five Rivers RC&D, A.O. Gigstad.
In other action, Gregg Goebel of Otoe County Emergency Management suggested that funds from the 911 phone surcharge be used to purchase equipment that will record and preserve radio communications. He said the equipment could cost up to $17,735.
Goebel suggested that deputy director Steve Cody serve as communications coordinator to keep track of radio licenses, warranties and tower use. Chairman Lade said he would appoint Cody as communications coordinator.
Goebel said he is also introducing Cathy Suhr as a volunteer coordinator.
He said Suhr will work with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Federal Emergency Management Agency volunteers, storm watchers and other emergency volunteers.
Commissioners also agreed to purchase two new excavators.