Lower Big Blue NRD Announces New General Manager

Lower Big Blue NRD Announces New General Manager


BEATRICE, Nebraska -- The Lower Big Blue NRD board of directors voted to hire J. Scott Sobotka as the new general manager at their January board meeting. Sobotka has served the district for 22 years. First, as a land resources specialist and most recently as assistant manager. Scott lives near Tobias with his wife Wendee and daughters Jaicee, Josiee and Jaylee.

“I want to thank the board for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to work with the staff, board and stakeholders of the District to protect our natural resources” Sobotka said.

The hire follows the December retirement of longtime General Manager David Clabaugh. Clabaugh began his career with the Upper Big Blue NRD in York in 1979 before coming to the Lower Big Blue NRD in 1987 as a water resources specialist. He has served as general manager since 2004.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with a great board and staff over the years,” Clabaugh said. “I’ll keep in touch.”

Clabaugh is looking forward to spending more time with wife, Lisa, and their family in addition to pursuing his favorite past time, hunting.

Board Chairman Steve Kelley thanked Clabaugh for his years of service and welcomed Sobotka to his new role.