A former Gretna official who spent thousands of dollars of city money on personal expenses walked out of the Sarpy County Jail on Thursday.
Colleen Lawry ended her stint of just more than three months behind bars when a sheriff's deputy walked her to the door of the Papillion jail at 2:13 a.m. and wished her good luck.
The former city administrator stepped into the passenger seat of a car driven by a young woman who drove away.
Lawry, 49, in September pleaded no contest in Sarpy County District Count to two theft charges and one charge of official misconduct. All are misdemeanors. Judge David Arterburn sentenced her to six months in jail.
Lawry, whose release Thursday was apparently prompted by good-time credit, made improper purchases using nearly $1,000 from a Gretna senior citizens fund, a prosecutor has said. She spent some of the funds at Victoria's Secret and a liquor store, prosecutors have said.
Lawry also received more than $3,000 in overpayments for educational reimbursements from the city while attending Bellevue University, a prosecutor has said.
Lawry made about 30 separate purchases totaling $5,000 for personal items that were not authorized by the city, prosecutors have said. She spent $800 at clothing stores for “uniforms,” which her job did not require.
Arterburn ordered Lawry, who was fired in April, to spend two years on probation. She must perform 100 hours of community service in Gretna for a government or nonprofit agency and pay $3,000 in fines.
Lawry has made restitution.