A key staff member of Mayor Jean Stothert's office and mayoral campaign has abruptly left the Mayor's Office.
Rod Edwards, Stothert's community relations director, submitted a letter of resignation Friday, effective immediately.
Edwards said Tuesday he has taken a job as field director for Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's campaign for governor.
“I've known Jon Bruning for a long time. I think he'd be a great governor, and I enjoy campaigning,” Edwards said.
Edwards, a veteran political consultant, served as political director on Stothert's 2013 mayoral campaign and was part of her three-person transition team. She hired him as community relations director in June 2013.
Edwards said he appreciated the opportunity to work for Stothert and enjoyed working with her and the Mayor's Office staff.
Carrie Murphy, Stothert's deputy chief of staff for communications, said Edwards' responsibilities included responding to questions about neighborhood issues and attending community meetings. He was part of a three-person team that also includes assistant community relations director Cameron Gales and community liaison Joel Cota.
Murphy said the Mayor's Office has not decided if it will fill Edwards' post.
“We're going to take a look at the whole community relations team and see if there's an opportunity to restructure and refocus,” she said. “We'll see if there's a different way or a better way to serve neighborhood associations and community groups.”
Edwards began work on the Bruning campaign Monday. Edwards said he'll work primarily from Lincoln.
“I've got a great opportunity and a great job here, and I'm going to do everything I can to help Jon Bruning get elected,” Edwards said.