LINCOLN — Former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy will pay a $1,000 fine for the improper use of a state cellphone, use that prompted his exit from office in February.
The fine came as part of a settlement with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Sheehy, a Republican, resigned in February after The World-Herald revealed he had used his state-issued cell phone to make thousands of calls, many late at night, to four female friends over the past four years. One woman admitted to having an affair with him.
Sheehy, a former mayor of Hastings, had been considered a leading candidate for governor in 2014 prior to the scandal.
After he resigned, he agreed to reimburse the state $500.
Frank Daley, executive director of the Accountability and Disclosure Commission, said the commission launched a probe following the newspaper article.
Daley said the commission's action was based on state laws that bar public officials from using state resources for other than state business and a law that prohibits the use of state phones for calls that are not official business or “essential personal business,” such as a call to a family member, a school, day-care center or child at home.
Commission members voted 8-0 to ratify an agreement Friday with Sheehy's attorney, Robert Parker of Hastings. Parker did not immediately return a phone message Monday.
Sheehy's wife filed for divorce in July 2012. That divorce was finalized in April.
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