Aaron is a veteran law enforcement officer with nearly 25 years of service with the Omaha Police Department. Born and raised in Omaha, Hanson’s first job was at the Florence Drug Store. He graduated from Omaha North High School before enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During his time at UNO he realized his true calling was to be in law enforcement, so he enrolled in the police academy and became an officer with the Omaha Police Department in 1996. Since then he has worked as a uniform patrol officer, K-9 officer, Gang Unit sergeant, and currently serves as the Fugitive Task Force supervisor. As Sheriff, Hanson will use in-the-field, street experience to keep our families and our community safe.
In addition to Hanson’s service to our community as a veteran office, he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development, a non-profit organization focused on creating opportunities for Omaha’s youth to gain exposure to careers in the trades. Over the years, Aaron has spent countless hours working with young men and families, some of whom are stuck in cycles of poverty and crime. He has worked to improve their life skills and connect them with high-paying, skilled-labor jobs that help break the cycle. He also previously served as the President of the Omaha Police Officers Association and during his term worked to reform the pension plan to prevent pension spiking.
- 24.5 years with OPD:
- Uniform Patrol 1996 – 2000
- K9 Unit 2000 – 2014
- NE Omaha Uniform Patrol Sgt 2014 – 2015
- North Omaha Gang Suppression Sgt 2015 – 2021
- Supervisor of the OPD Fugitive Unit and Metro Omaha Fugitive Task Force Feb 2021 – current
- Omaha Police Officers Association President 2005 – 2011
- City of Omaha Police and Fire Pension Board 2011 – 2017
- Governor’s Corrections Advisory Group 2015
- OPOA Legislative Liaison 2016 – current
- Executive Director of Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education – current
- Safety Committee for the Gretna Public School System – current
- Elected SID board member in SID#260 – current.
- In this role, Hanson works to keep property taxes low and spend tax dollars efficiently. This gives Hanson experience in balancing a government subdivision budget while maintaining critical infrastructure.