Probation Shifts Along With Otoe County Judges

NEBRASKA CITY – State probation is making changes to coincide with recent legislative action that moved Otoe County to the first judicial district.

The county’s district court had previously been linked to Sarpy and Cass counties in District 2, but is now added to the district 1 counties of Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee, Richardson, Gage, Thayer, Jefferson and Saline counties.

District 2 Probation Chief Jody York told county commissioners Tuesday to expect some new faces in the probation office.

York: “ This is really a sad day for me. I love working with the people working in this office. I’ve hired most of them and so to lose some of them is very difficult. I’m really going to miss Nebraska City in particular because this is a fun place to come. It’s a great city and I loved working here.”

The change in judicial districts means District Judge Julie Smith will be assigned Otoe County cases.

Probation Chief Jeremy Behrends said he expects a smooth transition for probation services.

Behrends: “It has affected district 1 two different ways. Clay and Nuckolls, if you look on the far west of District 1, that is going to District 10. We are losing that and adding Otoe County.”

Otoe County currently has 77 individuals on active supervision.

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