The administrator of the Gage County Detention Center is leaving his position to head the Wymore Police Department.
Tony Shepardson was announced as the new Wymore Police chief, and will leave his current role at the jail on April 19, according to Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson.
Shepardson has been with the department for 13 years and has been the director of the jail since 2013.
Before coming to the sheriff’s office in 2005 as a reserve deputy, Shepardson worked for the Nebraska Department of Corrections first in the state penitentiary in Lincoln and later at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.
He began in Gage County as a reserve deputy in 2005 and was hired as a full-time deputy in September 2006.
The Wymore Police Department has been without a permanent leader since Jay Welsh resigned in December 2017 after around three years on the job.
Gustafson said the loss will be a difficult one for the jail.
“Anytime you lose experience, in that sense it’s something that there’s a lot of stress involved,” he said. “There’s lots of things going on and we might try to do things differently to stretch tax dollars differently and maybe assign at least 1-2 people some of those duties to spread things out. We’ll transition next few weeks and see how it goes.”
Gustafson added he thinks Shepardson will be a good fit with the Wymore Police Department, and that he’ll be successful in the role.
“He was born and raised down there so he’s not going in cold,” Gustafson said. “He’s also been down there for us I think he’ll be a good fit. We hate to see anybody go, especially when it’s an administration position. It’s a very demanding job but we’ll continue doing what we’ve got to do.”