Mayor Jean Stothert says she'll consider calling for another Omaha charter review convention before her term is out.
That's in part because the mayor believes that the just-completed convention didn't do enough to address major issues facing the city.
In a press release issued Wednesday, a day after the 25-member group finished its review of the city's charter, the mayor said she was disappointed that members didn't approve a proposal related to the city's benefit plan. That proposal called for a switch from a defined-benefit pension plan to a defined-contribution system.
The convention also rejected Stothert's proposal to remove the fire chief's civil service protection.
It approved proposals to switch to a biennial budget cycle, sync city elections with state elections, and formally add sexual orientation and gender identity to the charter's employment anti-discrimination clause, among others.
Charter reviews are typically done every 10 years. The recommendations are sent to the City Council, which can opt to send them to the ballot.
“It has been 10 years since the last charter convention,” Stothert said. “This committee had an opportunity to make substantive and necessary changes to the charter. Many of the decisions that were made simply cleaned up outdated language and titles.”