Fired Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry apologized to the Gretna community Wednesday in a court-ordered letter, saying her misconduct as city administrator lacked honor and integrity.
Sarpy County District Judge David Arterburn ordered Lawry to write the letter as a condition of her sentence for theft and official misconduct. Her apology appeared on Page 1 of Wednesday's Gretna Breeze.
Lawry wrote: “Citizens of Gretna: In December of 2012, I was convicted of theft and official misconduct. I used the City's credit card for personal purchases. It was entirely wrong of me to utilize the City's credit as my own. I am truly sorry for my transgressions which lacked both honor and integrity. My actions caused anger, pain and mistrust throughout Gretna. I apologize to you and ask for your forgiveness.
Sincerely, Colleen K. Lawry Former Gretna City Administrator”
Lawry was sentenced in December to six months in jail and was released in March in accordance with good time provisions.
Lawry, who was fired from the City of Gretna in April, must spend two years on probation, perform 100 hours of community service in Gretna for a government or nonprofit agency and pay $3,000 in fines. She already has made restitution.