The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that William E. Conley is joining Sarpy County as the new Chief Financial Officer.
In his role, Conley will lead the Fiscal & Budget Department and oversee the county’s annual budget. He will begin his new position in April, replacing Brian Hanson, who is retiring after more than 33 years with Sarpy County.
“Sound financial stewardship is incredibly important in county government, especially one that’s growing as quickly as Sarpy County. Under Brian Hanson’s watch, we’ve earned the highest possible bond rating and maintained a healthy cash reserve, all while operating under a balanced budget. But he’s leaving the county in very capable hands. Bill Conley’s experience makes him the ideal candidate to lead our fiscal efforts through the challenges ahead of us, from financing a new jail to developing partnerships to improve mental health care across the region,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.
Conley brings more than 35 years of financial leadership to his new position, most recently as the Director of Finance & Infrastructure at the Northstar Foundation and Omaha Outward Bound School. He spent nine years as Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he oversaw a campus-wide budget of more than $350 million and more than $500 million in capital projects.
“My family and I moved to Sarpy County 10 years ago, and I love the area and the people, so I’m excited to join the Sarpy County team. As the fastest growing county in the state, development is happening everywhere, and I want to work to put the county government on even stronger financial footings.” Conley said. “I’m committed to ensuring Sarpy County is fiscally responsible and strategic when planning for the future.”
Conley earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his master’s degree from UNO. He has held numerous community leadership roles, including with the Offutt Advisory Council, Westside Community Schools Foundation Board, Strategic Air & Space Museum Board of Directors, Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and Mid-America Council of Boy Scouts of America.