People are asking me for locations in the city where coronavirus may be present. On March 28, 2020, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services determined that we have confirmed cases of community spread of coronavirus in the city. This means that we must assume that coronavirus is everywhere. Please take extra precautions using this assumption. Please keep at least 6 feet of space between you and other people, wash your hands regularly, and do not touch your face.
Year Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served: Vaughn Minton was appointed to City Council in April 2012 by Mayor Jay Vavricek and was re-elected for a four year term in 2014. Minton was elected as the City Council President in 2017.
Education and Background: Minton was born and raised in Sabetha, Kansas but has been a resident of Grand Island since November 1992. He holds both a Bachelor and Masters in Business Administration and has a Bachelor of Science in Security Management.
Place of Employment:
Minton retired from CHI Health St. Francis in 2016 where he served in the roles as Director of Information and Physician Relation and Recruitment Coordinator.
Community Activities and Organizations Currently Involved In: Minton is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Furthermore, Minton was a member of the steering committee for the formation of the UM4GI parish council and also served six years on the board of the Central Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross where he served as chairperson for two years.
Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest: Minton is a Vietnam Era Veteran having served in the United States Air Force from 1970 through 1974. Special area of interest includes promoting a healthy living environment for the Grand Island community.
Reason for Running for Public Office: Minton chose to run for public office to give back to the community by participating in decisions to promote Grand Island in a positive way.
Family Members: Minton and his wife, LaNae, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Year Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served:
Jeremy Jones was appointed to City Council in January of 2015 by Mayor Jeremy Jensen.
Education and Background:
Jones was raised in Cozad, Nebraska and later moved to Curtis, Nebraska where he graduated from High School. He Spent time at Chadron State College before enlisting in the Nebraska National Guard in 2000. He served six years in the National Guard. During that time, Jones served in the Grand Island airport after the 9/11 attacks. He then served one year in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Jones returned and obtained his Law Enforcement Certification form the Nebraska Law Enforcement Center. He also hold an associate’s degree in business administration.
Place of Employment:
Jones has worked as a Deputy with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department since 2006. In 2010 he was promoted to sergeant.
Special Areas of Interest:
As a veteran, Jones is interested in providing a good environment for veterans in Grand Island. Special areas of interest include attracting new businesses to Grand Island, promoting a safe community, and creating a positive relationship between the citizens and city government.
Reason for Running for Public Office: Jones chose to become involved in public office as a way to give back to the community. He also looks to be involved in the decision making that will ensure a positive future for Grand Island. Family Members: Jones and his wife, Mary, have two children Kaylee and Justice.