Platte County Public Defender Applies for County Judgeship

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Platte County public defender is one of five applicants to be county judge in Nebraska’s 8th district.

Chief Platte County Public Defender Timothy Matas, is seeking to replace Judge Alan Brodbeck, who recently retired. The 8th district is headquartered in O’Neill and covers much of central and north central Nebraska.

The 39-year-old Matas has been with the public defenders office in Platte County since 2008, taking over the office in January of 2010.

Michael Borders of Broken Bow, Kale Burdick of Lincoln, Brent Kelly of O’Neill and Martin Klein of Petersburg are also in the running for the position.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will review all the applicants on August 22nd at the Holt County courthouse in O’Neill. The commission will hear from all the candidates, before picking one to recommend to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who will make the final decision.

The district includes: Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler counties.

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