Lincoln Mayor announces nominations for Planning Commission

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced her nominations to fill the vacant positions.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced today, her nominations to fill the vacant positions on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.

The two nominees are Dr. Maribel Cruz and Rich Rodenburg, who if approved by the City Council and County Board, would serve six-year terms ending in 2027.

“They represent a wealth of community knowledge and leadership across a number of sectors, including business and real estate. Their professional and volunteer experiences provide valuable perspectives that will be beneficial as we work to grow Lincoln’s economy and great quality of life for all residents,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

Cruz currently works as the Director of Leadership Consulting at Talent Plus since 2010, and has previously worked at Gallup for 15 years.

Cruz also serves on the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force and LPS Superintendent’s Advisory Committee.

“The well-being of our community is my primary focus, and I am looking forward to collaborating with others to ensure Lincoln continues to flourish,” said Cruz.

Rodenburg currently works as a Real Estate Broker/Agent and founder/co-founder of Coldwell Banker NHS Real Estate in Lincoln, and also volunteers and resides as a board member of Lincoln Bike Kitchen.

“I have lived in Lincoln for 55 of my 70 years and love our quality of life. I am excited to serve as a member of the Planning Commission to help ensure that we maintain strong neighborhoods, parks, and trails. As a residential realtor, I have my finger on the pulse of most of our neighborhoods and understand our need for more affordable housing. Home ownership strengthens our city and neighborhoods,” Rodenburg said.


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