FAIRBURY, NE — A Fairbury native is stepping into a formal leadership role in his hometown.

The Fairbury City Council unanimously approved the nomination of Dusty Schmidt to the Ward 3 councilman position on Tuesday night. He takes over for Rick Carmichael, who resigned for medical reasons.

Mayor Spencer Brown lives in Ward 3 and talked with neighbors to identify a good person for the post.

“(Schmidt) has a good, young family," Brown said. "In Ward 3, I think that he can bring a lot to the table for my ward and the city.”

Schmidt says he appreciates the appointment and looks forward to helping the city.

“Being born and raised here, you get to a point to where you kind of want to get a little more involved with the city, with a little bit of everything going on," Schmidt said. "When the mayor came and talked to me a little bit, I figured it was time.”

Schmidt says he plans to run for the position when it is up for election in November 2022.