The Callaway Courier: Callaway Welcomes New Village Clerk

The Callaway Courier: Callaway Welcomes New Village Clerk
Village Clerk Lori Bonde, left, and Shelly Griffith, Director of Economic Development, share space in serving community residents at the Village Office at 157 E Kimball (Courier Photo by Rebecca Steward)

CALLAWAY–The Callaway Village Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Village Clerk Lanett Conroy at their regular meeting on Sept. 15, and immediately began the search for her replacement. Just 15 days later the new clerk had her first day on the job.

Lori Bonde grew up in Mason City and is a graduate of Litchfield High School. After spending a few years in California, she and her husband Jamie made the decision to return to their small-town Nebraska roots. They moved to Callaway in 2014.

For nearly five years Lori worked at Trotter Fertilizer in Merna, and said it was a desire to give up that drive and work closer to home that prompted her to apply for the Village Clerk position. Bonde said it is a big “learning curve” but she is getting the hang of things.

She and Jamie have been married for 26 years and share three children – Dylan, Towns and Ty – and four grandchildren. In her spare time she said she enjoys reading and watching “yelling at” Husker football.

“I am enjoying meeting the people and hearing stories about the community,” said Bonde.

Village Board Chairman Mark Kimball said the board received five applications for the position which made the selection a pretty tough choice.

“We had a number of good applicants; one didn’t live in town so we weren’t able to consider her. We felt that Lori was our best choice. She has bookkeeping experience and seems to know what she’s doing. We’re very happy with her,” said Kimball.

The board invites the residents of Callaway to stop in to the Village Office and introduce yourselves and say hi to Bonde. The office is open from 9 a.m. until noon, and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday the first 15 days of each month.