Michael Dahir, who had been on administrative leave following a report to police about a gun incident, is no longer CEO of Omaha State Bank.
Dahir’s attorney, David Domina, said Tuesday that it’s “too simplistic” to conclude that Dahir’s departure was because of the gun incident. “There is a time when things just change,” Domina said.
John Sorrell, who had been president and CEO of Centennial Bank of Omaha, is now interim CEO of Omaha State Bank.
“It’s an easy transition,” Sorrell said Tuesday. “The senior management is all intact. It’s business as usual and, of course, the bank continues to do very well. ... Everything’s going as fine as it can be.”
Domina said Dahir was traveling on business matters Tuesday and is weighing his options. Dahir did not return a call seeking comment. Omaha police are investigating a report that he brought a pistol with a laser pointer into the bank at 12100 West Center Road after it was closed for the day.
“This is a guy who devoted his life to the city and banking and this bank,” Domina said. “Mike’s got a lot of energy left, and he’ll use it someplace else where he can use it intelligently and thoughtfully. He’ll decide that. I don’t think this (gun) incident, standing alone, amounts to much of anything.”
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Tuesday that he was waiting for more information from the police to decide whether any action would be taken.
Omaha businessman Walter Scott Jr. bought a majority interest of the bank in 2004. The Scott family also is majority owner of Centennial Bank.
Sorrell said details of his duties for the banks are still being defined. “It kind of happened quickly,” he said. “As a favor to the shareholders, I’m stepping in to help guide them.” He said he had no knowledge of the circumstances around Dahir’s departure.
In April, Omaha State Bank agreed to an operating order and monitoring by federal regulators and is working to have the order lifted. Sorrell said that process is going as planned.
Bank officer Karen Cenovic reported to police that on Nov. 20 she and Dahir had argued. Later that day she noticed a laser dot move from her forehead to her chest, then to her computer. She looked up and saw Dahir pointing the gun at her, and she felt threatened, she said, according to the police report.
Bank policy prohibits employees from bringing firearms into the building, a senior bank officer has said. Cenovic, who still works at the bank, said later in an email to The World-Herald that she was satisfied with the bank’s handling of the matter.
Others at the bank had told The World-Herald that Dahir had showed them the pistol and that they did not feel threatened. Dahir, 64, had told The World-Herald that he just wanted to show her his new gun and that he did not threaten her.
He said he wasn’t angry and the incident occurred in “a very jovial, innocuous, unthreatening atmosphere.” He said he told her later that he was sorry he had made her uncomfortable.
World-Herald staff writer Todd Cooper contributed to this report.
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