DiAnna Schimek sworn into Lincoln City Council

By: Melina Matthes

Jayne Snyder had a wish as far as who would replace her on the city council, and today that wish came true. Former State Senator, DiAnna Schimek was sworn into the Lincoln City Council Monday afternoon after the council voted 4 to 2 on nomination last month.

Schimek had been recommended by former city council and JPA member, Jayne Snyder. Snyder resigned from the council due to health reasons in early September. Schimek says she's mostly excited, but a little nervous to join the council. “My first task is to learn as much as I can and as fast as I can so that I can be an effective council member, so I can represent the city. I want to represent the citizens of the city because I think Lincoln is a special place and I think part of my job will be to make sure it stays a special place, and maybe get better.”

Council Chairman, Gene Carroll, announced Schimek as his nomination. He picked her as a finalist over Lincoln realtor, Mary Bills-Strand. “In the end, we're going to get a great person on the city council. I think that's the important part. We will have someone to continue what Jayne has wanted to do,” said Carroll.

Schimek says she is eager to begin her new role, but she worries about casting her first vote. “I will be as nervous about that as I was the first time I pressed the button in the legislature. It brings to your attention what your role really is and how much responsibility you bear for that vote,” she said.

Schimek says she spent most of the weekend reviewing the stacks of paperwork that council members deal with and she says she plans to focus on the safety and health of citizens as well as area amenities such as parks and libraries.