The Gering City Council will interview two candidates Tuesday, March 2 to fill the Ward IV vacancy after Parish Abel’s resignation last month.
The two residents are Chad Nelson and Cody Bohl, who are both scheduled for interviews during a special meeting at 5 p.m.
Nelson, 58, currently works for the Nebraska Army National Guard and currently supervises the maintenance shop at the Gering Armory.
Nelson said he wanted to get involved, and has some previous board experience in Belview, Minnesota.
“I had a little exposure to local government, so when the Ward IV seat came up, I decided to throw my hat in the ring,” Nelson said.
Nelson has spent most of his life in Scottsbluff and Gering, moving to the area when he was 11, and graduated from Scottsbluff High School. He’s lived in Ward IV for 10 years.
Cody Bohl, 40, is operations director for Floyd’s Truck Center in Scottsbluff. Bohl lived in Gering for the past 38 years and is a Gering graduate. Bohl previously served on the Gering Planning Commission, and also is on the board of Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers and the Panhandle Conservation Club.
Bohl said he wanted to give back to the community but also “wanted to provide a little bit of stability for Ward IV.”
Abel resigned in a letter dated Jan. 28, which the Gering City Council accepted at the Feb. 8 meeting. State statute dictates that the mayor to submit a candidate at the special meeting within four weeks of the resignation’s acceptance.
Abel resigned after just a year on the city council, after his 2019 appointment to replace another member who moved out of the district.
On Feb. 16, the Nebraska State Patrol arrested Abel on three charges: felony intentional child abuse, not resulting in injury; felony tampering with a witness and intruding on a person without consent, a misdemeanor. Abel posted bond after his arrest.
According to online court records, Abel is scheduled for arraignment Friday Feb. 26.