Matney Named to 6th District Bench For County Court


Edward Matney of Hartington, a South Sioux City attorney, will be the new county court judge sitting primarily in Dakota City. (Nebraska Governor’s Office)
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The Daily Record

Gov. Pete Ricketts recently appointed Edward Matney of Hartington as county court judge in the 6th Judicial District.

Matney, 50, has practiced law in South Sioux City since 2012.  For the past five years, he has worked in trial court settings in northeast Nebraska on criminal and juvenile matters.

The state’s 6th Judicial District consists of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties. Matney has extensive experience in county attorney’s offices, most recently serving as deputy county attorney for Dakota County in 2020, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. He also served as county attorney for Dakota County from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2008. 

Matney was county attorney for Cedar County from 2001 to 2003 as well as from 2018 to 2019.  Prior to working in South Sioux City, Matney served in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 2009 to 2012 as an administrator and attorney.

Matney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctor from Baylor University.

Matney has been active in the community through involvements with Siouxland CARES, the Dakota County Interagency Team, and Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church.  He has also performed pro bono work for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and for Nebraska Families Collaborative / PromiseShip.  Additionally, he has served on the Nebraska State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kurt T. Rager. The vacancy was primarily based in Dakota City.

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