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Abigail Stark

As of April 30, Abigail Stark the legal assistant for the city of Beatrice will become the new city attorney.

The Beatrice City Council unanimously approved Stark to become the new city attorney at a meeting on Monday night. Stark takes the place of former city attorney Greg Butcher who left in May of 2017 to become the city administrator for Seward.

Councilman David “Pede” Catlin started the proceedings, saying it was his pleasure to make the first motion to approve the resolution to appoint Stark as the city attorney.

Typically only one council member will second the motion, but a volley of “second” could be heard after Catlin made the motion.

“Moved by Catlin, seconded by everyone,” Mayor Stan Wirth said.

Stark graduated from Beatrice High School in 2006 and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peru State College. She then went on to complete her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law last May and currently resides in Beatrice.

She was hired by the city in September of last year as the city’s legal assistant with the goal of her becoming the new city attorney. As city attorney, Stark will be earning $62,400 a year.

Stark recently passed the bar exam and she will officially start as city attorney at the end of the month, said city administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer. Following the bar exam, it takes about six weeks to hear the results and, if you do pass the exam, it is another two or three weeks before you can be sworn in and practice law, Tempelmeyer said.

“She's already got a couple of trials scheduled and will be ready to start handling work on Monday, April 30 as the official city attorney,” Tempelmeyer said.

Wirth told Stark that he’s looking forward to working with her and Stark said she’s grateful for the opportunity.

“I've had a pretty good chance to get a taste of most of what I'll be dealing with, although a lot of times it feels like something new every day,” Stark said. “So, I'm sure it'll keep me on my toes. I just hope I'm able to do a good job and meet expectations.”

The council approved Stark’s appointment unanimously.

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