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Background & History

Director Background

Director: Hobert B. Rupe

Hobie was appointed Executive Director by the Commission in December 2003 and began his duties on January 15, 2004.

Prior to serving as Executive Director he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State from May 1994 until January 2004. As an Assistant Attorney General he served as legal counsel/administrative prosecutor from September 2001 until January 2004.

He is admitted to practice before the Nebraska Supreme Court, The Federal District Court for Nebraska, The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and The United States Supreme Court.

He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and a 1989 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in History and Government.


Commissioners Background

Chairman: Robert Batt
Term Expires: 05/24/2019

Robert Batt graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Business in 1976 and is an experienced business leader. He will represent the Second Congressional District on the three person board. From 2000-2003 Batt served on the State Comprehensive Capital Facilities Planning Committee. He has also served as chairman of the City of Omaha Personnel Board from 1998-2003. He is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board based in Omaha.

Commissioner: Janice Wiebusch
Term Expires: 5/24/2021

Ms. Wiebusch is owner broker for Century 21 Midlands, Kearney.  She is originally from Broken Bow, NE, earned BA Music Education, and MA Music, UNL.  Received real estate license in 1976 & broker’s license 1979.  Opened CBS Real Estate 1979, opened midland partners 1982, and bought Century 21 Midlands 1992.  Buffalo Co Board of Realtor president 1984, Buffalo Co realtor of the year 1987, president Nebraska Realtor Assn 1995.  2003 Nebraska Realtor of the year.  National Brokers Commission Congress Member.  Past Kearney City Council member, past chairman of Kearney Area chamber of commerce, past president of Kearney area community foundation, Yanney Heritage Park Foundation board member, CRA board member, Good Samaritan Hospital board of directors, Chairman of GSH Finance Committee, Past ARELLO district Vice-President.

Commissioner: Bruce Bailey
Term Expires: 5/24/2023

Bruce Bailey is Founder and Partner of Design Associates, Architectural & Engineering firm, doing work throughout the United States. He has experiences from past work on many Boards including Lincoln Electric Board, Lancaster County Planning Commission. City of Lincoln Board of Zoning Appeals, The Great Plains Alzheimer’s Board, Lancaster Co. Family Services Board, Lincoln Children’s Museum Board, Past President of Lincoln Independent Business Association. And currently active with LIBA Foundation, LIBA Advisory, Autumn House Foundation, and Emerald Communities board which specialize in Assisted Living Facilities for Memory Care.


History of Directors

1935 - 1947: Max Adams

1948 - 1951: Oril A. Barber

1952 - 1967: Walter C. Hasse

1968 - 1975: Georgia D. Kuebler

1976 - 1982: Terrance D. Micek

1983 - 1984: Larry Wewal

1985 - 2003: Forrest D. Chapman

2004 - Present: Hobert B. Rupe

(From 1935 - 1980, the Directors were called Secretaries.)


History of Commissioners

Year Commission #1 Year Commissioner #2 Year Commissioner #3
1935-36 Thos. Gass 1935-38 W.W. Carmichael 1935-46 J.A. MC Eachen
1937-48 Theo M. Osterman 1939-44 Jackson B. Chase 1947-50 Blaine Young
1949-60 Nathon B. Pont 1945-46 John F. Mericle 1951-52 G.H. Rydman
1961-62 Vernon Taylor 1946-46 Jackson B. Chase 1953-56 Tal Coonrad
1963-68 Alma W. Stephens 1947-50 Marcus L. Poteet 1957-58 Victor Bremer
1969-72 Ivan A. Armstrong 1951-52 Gus Prestegaard 1959-60 Frank Sorrell
1973-78 Lowell Shaffer 1953-56 Carl E. Linn 1961-64 Francis Robinson
1979-84 Herbert J. Duis 1957-74 Ray Osborn 1965-70 Thomas J. Cheslak
1985-91 Donald N. Dworak 1975-80 Phil Weaver 1971-76 Edward Robinson
1992-99 John 'Jack' Crowley 1981-86 William H. Palmer 1977-80 Catherine Dahlquist
1999-2009 Rhonda Flower 1987-92 Fred 'Bob' Sikyta 1981-82 Thomas Fitzgerald
2009-2021 Janice Wiebusch 1993-99 Nancy J. McGinley 1983-88 John P. Miller
    1999-2011 Robert 'Bob' Logsdon 1989-95 William R. Skarda
    2011-2014 William Austin 1996-2007 Richard L. Coyne
    2014-2017 Bruce Bailey 2008-2019 Robert 'Bob' Batt

Each Commissioner serves a six year fixed term, and must represent one of the three congressional districts within Nebraska. Their powers and duties include:

  1. Final administrative approval of all retail liquor licenses.
  2. Conducting citation hearings, which include deciding innocence or guilt and imposing sanctions on licensees ranging from a letter of reprimand to revocation of the license.
  3. Establishment of rules and regulations.