Dawes Co Honors Two Outgoing Officials

The Dawes County Commissioners used their final meeting of 2020 to recognized the work of two individuals leaving county service – Commissioner Webb Johnson and Highway Superintendent Larry Hankin.

      Hankin, who came to Chadron from California about 15 years ago, is leaving after 12 years as superintendent to return to California to be closer to his kids and extended family. He says he feels good about his work and being part of the community.

Commissioners Vic Rivera and Jake Stewart presented Hankin with a plaque shaped like Nebraska, joking that they wanted to make sure he didn’t forget what the state looks like.

Webb Johnson decided against seeking a fourth term on the board of commissioners and did not run for reelection this year.

A Crawford-area rancher, Johnson says he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Dawes County in what he calls a sometimes very challenging job.

Johnson says one of the pleasantly surprising things he discovered was that all parts of Nebraska have a lot in common.

Rivera and Stewart presented Johnson with an insulated mug and an engrave pen-and-pencil set.

      Johnson turned 66 this year, coincidentally the same age his father Arnold was in 1996 when he left office after not seeking another term as Dawes County commissioner.

Levi Grant of Chadron will be sworn in as the new District 3 commissioner next week.