COUNCIL BLUFFS — Omaha Mayor-elect Jean Stothert and the man she beat Tuesday, current Mayor Jim Suttle, will both receive congratulatory notes from Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan.
His note to Suttle will congratulate him for a job well done, Hanafan said. “He worked hard for the metro area, and I thought he did a nice job,” he said.
Hanafan said he'll congratulate Stothert on becoming the first woman elected mayor in Omaha.
Hanafan knows both well, having served with each on the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency board. “She understands the metro area,” Hanafan said of Stothert, who serves on the board.
Only one Council Bluffs mayor has been a woman: Dorothy Strohbehn in 1974. Back then, according to the City Clerk's office, City Council members elected one of their own to serve as mayor for one year.