Vet’s home chief retiring

Alex Willford is retiring from the Central Nebraska Veterans Home.
Alex Willford is retiring from the Central Nebraska Veterans Home.(Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs)
Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:19 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney is looking for a new administrator.

The state Department of Veterans' Affairs announced Wednesday that Alex Willford is retiring as of October 18.

The Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs (NDVA) congratulated Central Nebraska Veterans' Home Administrator Alex Willford on his retirement. Willford will retire from NDVA on October 18, 2020.

Willford served as veterans' home administrator at NDVA for over 11 years, first at the Grand Island Veterans' Home and then at the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home (CNVH) in Kearney. He was instrumental in the planning, construction, and transition to CNVH, one of the largest construction projects in Nebraska state government history. He has earned numerous awards throughout his career, including the Nebraska Health Care Association Medical Director of the Year award in 2011 and the Excellence in Leadership award from Governor Ricketts in 2018.

“Alex has dedicated countless hours to the growth of all the veterans' home and this agency as a whole,” said NDVA Director John Hilgert. “His career has been marked with excellence and his dedication to our state’s veterans is second to none. On behalf of the agency, we want to wish him the best on his next chapter.”

“Over the past 11 years, I have had the honor of serving many of Nebraska’s veterans and their families and few things could be more rewarding than that experience,” said Willford. “It has been a privilege working with my amazing team, and I want to thank them for their dedication and compassion serving our nation’s heroes.”

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