City Council

Nebraska City’s City Council

Did you know Nebraska City is the only municipality in the State of Nebraska that has the Commissioner form of government? In fact, although it’s the oldest form of municipal government in the United States, there are only a handful of communities still using this method of governance.

In City Commission government, voters elect a small commission, typically from 5 to 7 members, on an at-large basis. These commissioners constitute the legislative body of the city and, as a group, are responsible for taxation, appropriations, ordinances, and other general functions. Individual commissioners are assigned responsibility for a specific aspect of municipal affairs, such as public works, finance, or public safety. One commissioner is designated to be elected as Mayor. As such, this form of government blends legislative and executive branch functions in the same body.

Things you always wanted to know about City Council but were afraid to ask:

  • The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. Except when those days are recognized holidays, then an alternate day is used, generally the next day. From time to time there will also be a need to have specially called meetings. These meetings may be called by the Mayor or two (2) Commissioners.
  • If a citizen wishes to put an item or an issue on the agenda, a form is to be completed and returned to City Hall by noon on the Thursday prior to the City Council meeting.
  • The Council may not discuss any item or issue that is not on the agenda.
  • A quorum is required for the Council to meet, which is three members.
  • Mayor and Council are not allowed to discuss City items or issues outside Council chambers if a quorum is present.
  • Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda may not be altered later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the Council meeting.
  • Advanced publication is simultaneously transmitted to all members of the City Council and to the public by being posted in three public places and giving notice to all branches of the media. The agenda is kept continually current and is readily available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk.

Nebraska City’s Commissioners (City Council Members):

Mayor: Jack Hobbie
Mayor Jack Hobbie is a native of Nebraska City. His father and mother were blue-collar workers and his grandparents were farmers and entrepreneurs. Growing up, Jack was a Boy Scout and Master Counselor for the Order of DeMolays. As a two time State Wrestling Champion, he earned the Nebraska City Athlete of the Year award. He graduated from Wayne State College where he served as President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He is married to Peggy J. Hobbie. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

In addition to serving as Mayor of Nebraska City, Jack is President and owner of Professional Mortgage Services, a mortgage banking company engaged in providing home loans to homebuyers and owners in Nebraska and Iowa. Jack’s career in mortgage lending began in 1973. He has remained in his current capacity since 1990.

Jack is past President of the Plattsmouth, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, past Chairman for the Nebraska City Utilities and a former Director of the Nebraska Mortgage Association. He currently serves as a member of the Nebraska Mortgage Association, Nebraska and National Association of Mortgage Brokers, Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, Rotary Club, Friends of Arbor Lodge, the Nebraska City Community Foundation, and Former Director of Nebraska City’s River Country Economic Development Corporation.

Parks Commissioner: Jeff Crunk
Jeff Crunk is a graduate of Nebraska City High School. He has been employed at American Meter for 30 years. His wife, Leah, works at the Otoe County Attorney’s Office. Their son, Benjamin, is serving in the U.S. Navy and is stationed at Norfolk Virginia. Their daughter, Lynnette is a teacher in Ekalaka, Montana. Jeff served three terms on the Nemaha NRD before running for City Council. His hobbies are hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports. As Parks Commissioner, Crunk makes recommendations to the Council on improvements for parks, recreation programs, and other facilities (golf course, swimming pool, athletic fields, etc.) in Nebraska City.

Public Works Commissioner: Jim Stark 
As Public Works Commissioner, Jim attends the Board of Public Works meetings and delivers recommendations to the City Council regarding the operation of gas, electric, water, and sewer utilities in the Nebraska City region.

Streets Commissioner: Dean Handy
Dean is a Nebraska native born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City and raised on a farm near Percival where he graduated from High School. Dean furthered his education at Doane College in Crete Nebraska. After college, Dean farmed with his brother and father for 30 years. In the 1980s, Dean bought Landis Engine in Nebraska City. He ran the business and was active in the Chamber of Commerce for 16 years, until retirement. Dean served as the Chamber of Commerce Board President in 1993 and also served on the Hospital Board for 32 years. Dean is married to Rosemary and has four children and four grandchildren.

Activities/Interests include: Nebraska City Apple Corps (19 years), United Methodist Church Member (20 years) where he has served on many committees and sang with the choir, Mechanics and Public Service (second term as Street Commissioner). Dean still remains active with lawn service and snow removal and loves the City of Nebraska City.

Finance Commissioner: Mark Mercer 
Mark reviews and approves claims and treasurer’s reports, and helps develop the City’s annual budget. Finance Commissioner Mercer also serves as the vice-president of the council and, in the temporary absence or the inability of the mayor to serve, performs the duties of the mayor. Mark and his father, Gene, operate Mercers Do It Best Hardware in downtown Nebraska.

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