City Council 2nd Ward

Council Member Butch Eley

Butch Eley

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December 2020 through December 2024

Butch has lived in Hastings since 1979.  He grew up in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area and after enlisting in the US Air Force in 1972, he was stationed in Watertown, New York.  Butch was transferred to Hastings, Nebraska in 1979 and has lived here ever since.  After retiring from the Air Force in 1992, Butch became a Hastings Police Officer, retiring as a Patrol Sergeant in 2008.  He then trained as a Paramedic  and worked for Rural Metro Ambulance, Midwest Medical Transport, and was a Critical Care Paramedic for Life Team Critical Care Transport.  Butch finally retired after working as a Paramedic at Mary Landing Emergency Department.  He is in his second term on the Hasting City Council.

Butch’s wife Kathy retired from the Hastings Police Department after 40 years as a Police Officer, Detective, and 911 Supervisor.  Butch and Kathy have five grown children, and 13 grandchildren.

Butch has spent his entire life in service to his country and community.  He wants to continue to help Hastings grow by continuing to make Hastings a progressive community and making Hastings a place where our children want to live, work, and raise a family.


Council Member Ted Schroeder

Ted Schroeder

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December 2018 through December 2022

Ted was born in Grand Island and moved to Fairfield, Ne in the 7th Grade where he graduated from Sandy Creek High School. He then attended the University of Nebraska but transferred back to Hastings College where he completed a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Ted took a Job that had him traveling for a Animal Health Company covering the State of Nebr and later on Traveled the US  doing Sales and Product Training.  That was a wonderful experience but after 25 yrs I decided that I preferred not to travel as much. He looked at several opportunities but found that Real Estate was the most interesting to him. He spent 2 years with a local company then he and 2 other people decided to start there own company called Hastings First Choice Real Estate.

Dealing with all types of Real Estate and the people of Hastings has been extremely rewarding.

The company will be starting there 12th year in January and he plans on being full time for a few more years.

Ted has been married to his Wife  Lori for 37 yrs and has 2 children Daughter Ashley and her Husband Marcus and 3 granddaughters of Hastings and Son Tyson and Wife Julie and 2 granddaughters of Papillion. Ted has been a resident of Hastings and lived in Ward 2 for those 37 yrs.

Ted really hopes that his experience in business, sales, marketing and real estate will help on the city council. This is a fantastic community and we can all work to make it even better.