Four Submit their Names for County Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District

Four Submit their Names for County Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

LINCOLN – Timothy P. Matas, Jose L. Rodriguez, both of Columbus; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; and Denise J. Kracl, Schuyler, have submitted applications for appointment as County Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Frank J. Skorupa.

The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the District Court Courtroom at the Platte County Courthouse, 2610 14th Street, in Columbus, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The Commission will interview all applicants for the office at that time. 

Any member of the public wishing to present testimony for the commission’s consideration may do so one of two ways:

  1. Written testimony provided in advance:  Those wishing to present written testimony or other pertinent information may do so by mailing the information to the Commission Chair no later than July 13, 2022, at the following address: Chief Justice Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court, PO Box 98910, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email it to   
  2. Oral testimony offered during the hearing:  Those wishing to present oral testimony may do so by attending the public hearing in the district court courtroom of the Platte County Court, Columbus, Nebraska.  All persons attending should be prepared to comply with any directed health measures that may be in effect.

A listing of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission can be found on the Nebraska Judicial Branch Web site at

For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730.  For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the Nebraska Relay System, 7-1-1. AA/EOE.