The Omaha Police Department will lead an investigation into photos that show a woman posing with firefighters and standing on a fire engine at an Omaha fire station.
The Mayor's Office said Tuesday that Fire Chief Mike McDonnell was notified that the Police Department would handle the investigation. In a budget briefing with reporters, Mayor Jean Stothert called the photos "inappropriate."
Marty Bilek, Stothert's chief of staff, said the decision to have police investigators probe the incident was made "for the sake of fairness and impartiality," given recent dust ups between the Mayor's Office and fire administrators.
There is currently no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Bilek said.
Carrie Murphy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jean Stothert, said the photos were emailed to the Mayor's Hotline account on Monday.
The photos show a woman in a short dress standing with two firefighters and posing on a fire engine parked inside a firehouse.
Murphy said the email indicated that the photos had been taken Saturday during a bachelorette party celebration.
The email was not signed and did not indicate the location of the fire station.
“The city will investigate and make a decision on any actions that need to be taken when the investigation is over,” Murphy said.