SIDNEY -- Rob Eirich, Extension Educator and Engagement Zone Coordinator and Extension Educator Karen DeBoer met with the Cheyenne County Commissioners May 6.

Eirich and DeBoer attended the county commissioners meeting to present the 2023 annual report and updated the commissioners on local Extension Office activities.

Eirich said over time the University of Nebraska and counties have always engaged in interlocal agreements. He said the interlocal agreement defines UNL's responsibilities and the county's duty to help promote Extension programs.

"Over time, those interlocal agreements just stayed once they were signed. As long as there was no changes, we kept going on. Well now, we've had some adjustments. We went from districts to engagement zones. And so all that wording needed to be changed. So we're coming to you now with ... Karen has a copy of the new interlocal agreement. Basically, that is the only thing that really changed, that infrastructure of how we divide up the state," Eirich said.

Eirich offered the new interlocal agreement to be reviewed by county attorney Paul Schaub. He said the agreement will then be sent to the vice-chancellor who will sign it.

Eirich also announced a person hired to fill the vacancy left with Laura Narjes' resignation. 

"Laura Narjes had resigned, and we do have a person hired for that position to start in June. She is coming to the position with a strong background in education, and more family consumer science in that education side. She is going to start here in the first week of June," he said.

Linda Jeffers of Sidney will be taking over Narjes' former position. 

Eirich said they are still searching for a person to fill the 4-H Assistant position, a partnership between Cheyenne and Deuel counties. He also reminded those in attendance that DeBoer is retiring. 

"Her retirement was announced, so Karen will be leaving the position after 38 years. We will miss her. We appreciate all the time and effort she's given us," he said.

Her last day is June 7.