Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov will seek a fifth term in office this year, hoping to add to the 41 years he has served Sarpy County in various capacities.
Formerly chief deputy to the late Sarpy County Sheriff Pat Thomas, Polikov, who is a Republican, said he wants to continue providing county residents with rigorous law enforcement that focuses on public safety.
There has never been a day, even when times were difficult, that he did not enjoy the job, Polikov said.
He said has assembled a strong team of 21 attorneys, which places the office among the largest 10 percent of law offices in the state, and he was recently elected vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.
Polikov said he is battling Legislative efforts to restrict the ability of county attorneys to charge juvenile offenders in adult courts.
While assigning a juvenile offender to adult court is always a difficult decision, he said the maneuver is typically used only for the most serious crimes such as murder, or recklessness that leads to death. Given that judges must always approve trying a juvenile in adult court, Polikov said he believes sufficient safeguards exist.
He said he is also working to ensure that persons convicted of violent crimes not be released from prison due to “good time” laws that reduce prison time automatically rather than requiring inmates to earn it.
“Our job is ensuring public safety,” he said. “It’s a team effort, and I believe the staff we have put together does it very well.”