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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Joseph E. Dalton to the County Court of the Third Judicial District

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974






LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Joseph E. Dalton of Waverly to the County Court of the Third Judicial District. 


Dalton, 53, is currently the Chief Deputy Attorney for Seward County.  In his role, Dalton is responsible for extensive criminal prosecution caseload, and advises the Seward County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission as well as the City Council and Mayor of Crete.


Before serving as Chief Deputy Attorney, Dalton was the President of Dalton Law Office, P.C., L.L.O. and also served as the Deputy County Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office.


Dalton holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.


Through the years, he has served “Through the Eyes of the Child” as a committee member, as a Major in the Nebraska Air National Guard while receiving various medals for his service, and is currently a City Councilman for the City of Waverly.  Dalton is also a member of VFW Post #9875 in Waverly and has coached multiple youth sports teams in the community.


The vacancy is due to the appointment of Judge John R. Freudenberg to the Supreme Court.


The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.