Lexington Mourns Loss of Former City Manager

Vance M. Bricker
June 14, 1935 – July 30, 2022
Lexington City Manager 1996 – 2000

Beloved retired Lexington City Manager Vance Bricker died July 30, 2022, at the age of 87.  Vance began working for the City of Lexington on December 17, 1973 as Administrator I, and a year later was appointed to the position of Environmental Health and Recreation Director.  Then in August of 1984, he became the Personnel Director/Assistant City Manager.  Vance maintained that position until November of 1996, when he replaced City Manager, Bill Podraza, who left to work for Nebraska Public Power District in Columbus.  Vance then held the position of City Manager until his retirement in June 2000.

Vance Bricker grew up in Paxton, Neb., and worked for a cattle rancher later in High School.  He loved being a cowboy, and even did some bronco busting.  Like most young men of that period, he went into the service out of High School.  In 1955 he finished his stint in the Army, returned home to marry a local girl (Dorothy), and went to Kearney Teachers College to get his degree.

He started his career as a High School Chemistry and Physics teacher in Shelton, and later in North Bend.  He took a position in Engineering with TRW in Ogallala.  After that, he worked at Nebraska Plastics in Cozad, and eventually ended up with the City of Lexington.

Vance loved learning and teaching, and earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  He also taught classes in personnel management, organization development and organization behavior.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington.