LINCOLN -- Lancaster County Emergency Management director Doug Ahlberg will be retiring March 31st, after 15 years on the job. He tells KFOR News after some health issues in the past year he wants to spend more time with family. Ahlberg also served on the Lincoln Police Department for 36 years, rising as high as captain, before becoming Emergency Management director. Reflecting on his police career, Ahlberg says one unsolved case that still stands out is the hit and run death of 12-year-old Shanda Dixon at Mahoney Park in April 1986. The May 2004 Hallam tornado, Christmas 2009 snow storm and last October's tornado through the Hickman and Bennet areas stand out as events Ahlberg has dealt with as Emergency Management director. An appointment for Ahlberg's successor will have to be made by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, with final approval given by the Lincoln City Council. No timeline has been established yet, on when that decision will be made.
Lancaster County Emergency Management director Doug Ahlberg (left) interviewed by KFOR's Jeff Motz in March 2006 at Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium at Lincoln Southwest High School. (Photo Courtesy of Ken Dewey/UNL Climatology)