Serving the City Since 1870
The City of Seward was incorporated on April 5, 1870. Its offices are still located in the original city hall built in 1909. Seward is served by a mayor (elected at large) and eight council members (elected by wards).
Officials appointed by the mayor, with approval of the council, include a city administrator, a city clerk-treasurer, a deputy clerk-treasurer, an electric superintendent, a water superintendent, a public properties superintendent, a building inspector, the chief of police, a recreation director, and a city attorney.
Fire protection is provided in the community by the 48-member Seward Volunteer Fire Department. The department also responds to mutual aid calls in a number of nearby towns. Seward has 399 fire hydrants. Average annual expenditures for fire protection in the past three years were $67,817. The SVFD has six fire trucks and three rescue vehicles.
The Seward Police Department protects and serves the needs of citizens in an effort to maintain a high quality of life. The department recently moved to a $425,000 facility that nearly quadrupled the former space. Private donations and volunteer labor helped fund the project.
The SPD currently employs 10 sworn officers, two reserve officers and two civilian employees. Community policing efforts include a bike patrol, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and McGruff Safe House. SPD officers sponsor many educational programs in the community, including how to prevent identity theft.
The SPD has communications equipment, four marked police vehicles equipped with security screens and in-car video cameras and a four-wheel drive truck. Average annual expenditures for police protection for the last three years were $546,000.
The crime rate per 1,000 population in 2002 was 18.5. This compares to a State of Nebraska crime rate of 42.6 and a national rate of 41.2.
The Seward County Communications Office employs eight dispatchers, with two on duty 24 hours a day.
The Seward County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol provide additional protection for the community.