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August 3, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Sunderman and Cornelius reappointed

Mayor Chris Beutler today appointed Jeanelle Lust, the managing partner of a local law firm, to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission. She will replace Gene Carroll, who was elected to the City Council in May. The Mayor also reappointed Lynn Sunderman, the current chair, and Michael Cornelius, the current vice chair, to the Commission. Planning Commissioners serve six-year terms, and appointments must be approved by the City Council and County Board.

"Jeanelle brings a strong legal skills and experience to the Planning Commission, a body that makes major decisions for the future of our City and County," Beutler said. "This background is especially important at this time when I have asked the Planning Department to review large numbers of regulations with an eye toward simplifying procedures and making the overall environment more customer friendly."

Lust has been with the law firm of Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson and Endacott since 1994. As a trial lawyer, she focuses on commercial litigation and handles all aspects of nursing home litigation. She graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and from the Creighton University School of Law. She is active in the Nebraska Bar Association and is a charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. The Lancaster County Board appointed her to serve on the Indigent Defense Council, and she also has served in leadership roles with the Capital Humane Society and the Lincoln Children's Zoo.

The nine-member Planning Commission is responsible for helping to develop a comprehensive land use plan for Lancaster County and for making policy recommendations to the City Council and County Board. State statute requires counties to form planning commissions if a primary class city (population 100,000 to 300,000) is located in the county.

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