UNWNRD PICKS DEQ STAFFER AS NEW GM

Posted 11 months ago

By John Axtell

Patrick O'BrienThe Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District is turning to a 25 year veteran of the water resources field to be its new General Manager.

Patrick O’Brien will succeed Lyndon Vogt, who leaves next week after 12 years to become general manager of the Central Platte Natural Resources District in Grand Island.

O’Brien is a 1988 UNL graduate and has spent most of his professional career with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, serving the last 4 years as the agency’s liaison with the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.

UNWNRD water resources manager Sheri Daniels says the NRD board of directors felt that O’Brien’s experience in working with multiple federal, state and local agencies on natural resource concerns, and the rapport he seemed to have with the local staff made him the right choice to succeed Vogt.

There will be a 6-week gap between Vogt leaving and O’Brien taking over July 8, but Daniels says the board felt the remaining staff…especially assistant manager Lynn Webster…could easily handle the general manager’s duties in the interim.

O’Brien…who holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources…currently lives on a farm south of Lincoln with his wife, Kendra, and 3 children.

He will be just the fourth general manager in the 40-plus year history of the UNWNRD…which covers all of Dawes, Sheridan, and Box Butte counties and the northern half of Sioux County.

The UNWNRD is holding an Open House/Going Away reception for Vogt next Wednesday, May 15, from 2-to-4 at its offices in Chadron.