A police investigation into bachelorette party photos taken at an Omaha fire station is complete, and there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Mayor Jean Stothert's office said Friday.
However, there were possible violations of workplace rules. That information will be forwarded to Fire Chief Mike McDonnell for discipline if warranted.
The photos were sent to the Mayor's Office after a bachelorette party briefly visited the fire station near 42nd and Valley Streets last weekend.
The visit occurred after the building's normal visiting hours, officials said, though the station's bay doors were open. The outing was led by an on-duty firefighter's wife.
One photo shows a woman in a short dress standing with two firefighters, who each are wearing strings of beads around their necks. The second shows the same woman standing on a firetruck, with her back to the camera.
Stothert on Tuesday called the photos “inappropriate.” Fire union President Steve LeClair replied that the mayor was on “a public fishing expedition.”
The Mayor's Office said that after the Fire Department began an investigation of the incident, the city “received information that potential criminal activity” had occurred at Station 33. This led Stothert to have police complete the probe.
Police “determined the information alleging criminal behavior was clearly unsubstantiated,” the Mayor's Office said.
Marty Bilek, Stothert's chief of staff, said the decision to involve police was made “for the sake of fairness and impartiality,” given recent dust-ups between the Mayor's Office and fire administrators.
Stothert said Friday the incident is now an internal personnel matter for the Fire Department and that her office will have no further comment.