Sheriff Chris Lichtenberg 

Chris Lichtenberg

In 2001 Chris was hired as a deputy at the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.  After receiving his law enforcement certificate from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, Chris continued to work at Dodge County until 2010.  While working there, he was a firearms and patrol rifle instructor, worked in investigations, assisted the III-CORPS drug task force, taught Team Nebraska to K-3rd grades in schools, performed acting coroner duties and investigations, filled in as a 911-dispatcher, and road patrol.

While working at Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Chris was also hired as a part-time deputy for the Saunders County Sheriff's office in 2006.  While working part-time in Saunders County, Chris assisted with road patrol, court security, compliance checks, and inmate transports. 

Since being hired full time in 2017, Chris was promoted to Sergeant where his duties included taser instructor, firearms and patrol rifle instructor, administrating the deputy schedule, managing the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, coordinator of the drone program as well as drone pilot, and field training officer. 

Chris is also an EMT and firefighter for the Cedar Bluffs Fire Department where he has been a member since 1994 and is currently the Fire Chief.

Chris is married to Stacey and they live in Cedar Bluffs.  They have three adult children, Blake who is married to Brianna and daughter Collyns, Hunter, and Kennedy.

Chris was elected to Sheriff in 2022 and officially took over January 5, 2023.


Chief Deputy Kyle Coughlin

Steve MalinaKyle Coughlin began his career with the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a 911 dispatcher.  In 1996, he was hired as the Chief of Police in Mead and continued his position there until 1998.  The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office then hired him as a part-time Deputy Sheriff in 1997.  As a deputy assigned to traffic duties, Kyle was recognized numerous times by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) for his efforts in keeping our highways safe. 

He maintained the rank of Deputy until August of 2018 when he was promoted to a full-time Sergeant.  Kyle was named the department’s Manager of the Year in 2018.  In July of 2019, he was promoted to Chief Deputy and now oversees the entire staff of deputies, as well as the 911 Center as part of his duties.  In addition, Kyle is an FAA Licensed Pilot and a certified scuba diver.

Kyle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  He has been a member of the United States Marshal’s Service Metro Fugitive Task Force since 2013.  Kyle is married and has two children. 


Brian Styskal, Jail Director

Brian Styskal

Brian Styskal joined the Saunders County Department of Corrections in November of 2008 serving as Security Administrator and holding the rank of Lieutenant. On July 1, 2010, he was promoted to the position of Director.

Director Styskal began his career in the field of Corrections in June of 1994 with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. His time with the Department was spent primarily at the Lincoln Correctional Center where he held the rank of Officer, Corporal, and his last ten years as a Sergeant. In his career with the Department, he spent a brief period at the Department of Corrections Central Office working a security detail, conducting security audits of other state correctional facilities and also served on CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) for several years.

Director Styskal is a native of Wahoo and currently resides in Saunders County with his wife and three children.