Partners for Otoe County has eliminated its executive director position to cut expenses.
The organization reports the board's decision to eliminate the position is based on a desire to continue programs while grant funds are unavailable.
It was formed in 2008 with a merger of People United for Families supported by federal grant dollars and the Healthy Communities Coalition supported by Catholic Health Initiatives.
The P4OC board credits Jacki Schmitz, who has served as executive director for 12 years. As an example of program success, the board notes a reduction in Otoe County's teen alcohol use from 26 percent in 2003 to 14 percent in 2010.
Schmitz was director of People United For Families, which initiated or supported programs including family mentoring, After School Club, TeamMates, Study Buddies and juvenile diversion.
Partners for Otoe County is also involved in the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and Growing Great Kids in Southeast Nebraska.