KEARNEY – Who will fill the vacant Buffalo County Commissioners’ position left by the death of President Bill McMullen of Kearney will be announced on Wednesday morning.
He will be one of three candidates interviewed for the job last week by a panel that includes County Attorney Shawn Eatherton, Treasurer Jean Sidwell and Clerk Jan Giffin.
The three candidates are:
– David Malone, a retired real estate broker and appraiser from Kearney. He has been a resident of Buffalo County for over 30 years;
– Bill Maendele, a CHI Good Samaritan paramedic and a resident of Buffalo County for 20 years; and,
– Joshua Sikes, a Blueprint Engines employee whose role involves engineering, management and sales. His family has resided in Buffalo County for generations.
Under Nebraska law, Eatherton, Sidwell and Giffin will nominate their selection and that person will terminate McMullen’s unexpired tenure. A 29-year-old veteran, McMullen was re-elected to the county’s board in 2020, and his four-year term will end in 2024.
The appointment is expected to be announced at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.