“The Good Life is Calling” is among the programs run by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, which is seeking a new director. (Courtesy Nebraska DED)
LINCOLN — Gov. Jim Pillen has set a deadline of May 2 for applications to fill the vacancy left by the recent resignation of Tony Goins, the director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
Goins resigned April 5 after an investigation by the Nebraska Examiner uncovered instances in which he had used state email to funnel state business to a Lincoln cigar lounge in which he was majority owner, and promote a campaign event at the bar.
The Capital Cigar Lounge also received two state pandemic recovery grants from the agency he had headed since being appointed by then-Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2019.
State law prohibits state agency directors from earning profit from an outside business, other than for service on a corporation board, and from using state resources to promote a political candidate. Officials are also banned from taking action or making a decision that results in financial benefit to themselves, an immediate family member or a “business with which he or she is associated.”
Pillen, in a press release Tuesday, set a May 2 deadline for applicants for the position, which had paid $215,000 a year.
Applications can be made via the Governor’s “Boards and Commissions” portal, in writing to the Office of the Governor (P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848), or online at https://governor.nebraska.gov/board-comm-req
In addition, Pillen named Joe Fox, DED’s director of business development, as the interim director pending the hiring of a new director.
Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site.