District 5 - Rick Vest

Lancaster County Commissioner Rick Vest

Rick Vest, Chair, District 5 Commissioner

Cell Phone: 402-540-9595
Work Phone: 402-441-6862

Current Term of Office: 2023 to 2026
Elected: November 2018, 2022

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Rick Vest is the District 5 County Commissioner.  District 5 of the Lancaster County Board includes Northeast Lincoln, Waverly, and the surrounding rural areas.

Vest is a lifelong Nebraskan with deep roots in Lancaster County graduating from Doane College / Lincoln with a Bachelors Degree in Human Relations. In 1974, Vest began his career in the Havelock Shops of the BNSF Railway as a Carman Apprentice. After decades as a Journeyman Carman, Vest was promoted to the General Claims department in 2001, where he worked until his retirement in 2015.

In addition to his experiences at BNSF Railway, Vest has a longstanding commitment to serving his community. He was certified by the State of Nebraska in Basic and Family Mediation in 1998. He is a part of the Hospital Visitation Team for the First Plymouth Congregational Church, volunteered as a youth basketball coach for the North American Martyrs, served as a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church, and he currently serves on the board for the Mediation Center in Lincoln.

Education: Bachelors Degree from Doane College / Lincoln in Human Relations

Family & Hobbies

Vest currently lives in Lincoln with his wife, Dawn, and frequently spends time with their 8 children and 21 grandchildren.  Rick's hobbies include traveling, attending sporting events and performances at the Lied Center, playing Pickleball and seeing old friends from Burlington Northern.

Rick's Priority Areas of Interest for Lancaster County: 

  • Infrastructure Needs
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Healthy and Balanced Growth for the County