Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that June Pederson, Director of Aging Partners, will retire, effective December 30. Pederson was hired by former Mayor Don Wesely and began her service in January 2003. An Interim Director will be named by the end of the year.
"June has been an exceptional manager in providing quality services for older adults, the fastest growing population in the state and nation," Mayor Beutler said. "June led the agency through a name change and the challenges of the recession, which resulted in significant restructuring. She also has been a visionary leader, guiding the agency through a strategic planning process and initiating the efforts to move the agency to the future Victory Park. I want to thank her for her hard work and dedication and wish her well in her retirement."
Pederson also worked closely with the State Legislature and in 2013, worked with Lincoln State Senator Kate Bolz to increase support for the Nebraska Community Aging Services Act by $1 million.
"The purpose and passion found at Aging Partners is unique and has made working with you very special," Pederson wrote to her staff. "It has been gratifying to be part of the work that extends the quality of life and the opportunity to be independent for so many older Nebraskans."
Before joining Aging Partners, Pederson was the executive director of a number of trade and professional associations and served as a registered lobbyist for 24 years. She served twice as chair of the Nebraska Association of Area Agencies on Aging and was an ex-officio member of the Seniors Foundation Board. She also served three years on the Lincoln Electric System Board.
Aging Partners is administered by the City of Lincoln and serves eight counties: Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline, Saunders, Seward and York. The agency has 124 employees and a budget of $8.3 million.
More information on Aging Partners is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: aging).