Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed Derek R. Vaughn of Omaha to judge of the County Court, 4th Judicial District.
Vaughn has served as Deputy County Attorney in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office since 1999. In this role, he serves as prosecutor for Drug Court, Young Adult Court and Mental Health Diversion. Additionally, he serves as Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Midland University.
Vaughn serves on the Nebraska Crime Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the Office of Violence Prevention Advisory Board, the Crime Victims Reparations Committee and the Nebraska Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Committee.
Vaughn earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and he earned the Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Edna R. Atkins. The 4th Judicial District consists of Omaha in Douglas County.