FAIRBURY, NE – Jefferson County elected a new county clerk and county attorney during the midterm elections last month.
On Tuesday, the county’s government employees had a going away party for outgoing County Clerk Cynthia Newman and outgoing outgoing County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz. They were greeted by friends, colleagues, along with cake and other refreshments in the county courtroom.
Both Newman and Goltz are rounding out a four-year term, and both look back fondly at their time serving the county.
“The most enjoyable (part of the job), I liked seeing the people,” Newman said. ” The traffic that we had. Especially earlier, when we didn’t have titles, you got to see a lot more people than we do right now. But, I enjoyed the people.”
Goltz, originally from Falls City, will return to his hometown once his term is officially over. He expresses interest in private law practice, but on Tuesday, he reflected on his interactions with those involved in Jefferson County government.
“I’ve always liked working in Jefferson County,” Goltz said. “The courthouse people and the law enforcement people have been a real asset to the community, and I’m glad to have been a part of working with them.
“I’ve enjoyed living in Fairbury a lot. It’s a lot like Falls City. It’s like I went home when I moved here, and it’ll be like going home when I move back.”
Goltz had previously served as deputy county attorney under Linda Bauer, before she was appointed as the county judge.
Joseph Casson, who ran unopposed in this year’s midterm, will take over Goltz’s seat. Casson had previously served as the county attorney in the late 1980s and early 90s.
“He has the experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney,” Goltz said. “The county is in good hands.”
Newman’s successor will be Kristina Riggle, who’s spent the last four years as the deputy county attorney. A Republican, Riggle beat out Democratic challenger Shaun Friedrichsen 2174-746 on the November ballot.
A Fairbury native, Newman plans to stay in the area and also do some traveling in her spare time.
“I’ll be able to go to Lincoln if I want to, or just go to Kansas to fool around,” Newman smiled. “That’s about it.”
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