Beginning in 2020, Bellevue’s mayor and six City Council members will receive $6,000 pay bumps — plus an 11th-hour amendment saying that as of December 2021, the council and mayor will receive annual 2% raises.
The final two bidders for a new city trash contract committed to the City Council last week that they would help residents recycle the bins and trash cans left behind. But the costs of those efforts differ.
Public officials can’t have a financial interest in contracts with their governing body, according to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, which would suggest that her vote was in violation of state law.
Leak private information in Bellevue, lose your office. That's one potential consequence elected officials in the city could face if they disseminate information from closed sessions under a pair of proposed ordinances being considered by the Bellevue City Council.
Omaha Police Capt. Kathy Belcastro-Gonzalez contended the Omaha Police Department failed to promote her to deputy chief because she had previously filed a complaint with the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission over alleged gender discrimination.
Rep. Don Bacon said he was getting "heat" from Mayor Jean Stothert over his plans to write a letter on behalf of Omaha fire union President Steve LeClair, according to a union attorney. LeClair was fired after a bar incident with a woman.
City Council President Chris Jerram recently proposed extending that 3% annual raise through 2026. Under that plan, the mayor would then make $124,645. But some council members say Jerram’s proposal doesn’t go far enough, fast enough. They use data from other cities to argue that Omaha’s mayor would still be underpaid.
A clear City Council majority backs paying the mayor more in the next term than the city does today. But at issue now is a draft amendment from two council members that would boost the next mayor’s pay sooner than the 3%-a-year proposed by Council President Chris Jerram for 2023-2026.
Rick Hoppe was heavily involved with the Pinnacle Bank Arena, which opened in 2013 and has helped transform the west Haymarket area into a bustling entertainment district. A big part of his job will be continuing to guide the Ralston Arena toward financial solvency.
Mayor Jean Stothert wrote a letter to the U.S. State Department, stating the city's available jobs, affordable housing, health care infrastructure, educational opportunities and experienced social services can meet the needs of refugees.
"Ralston is an amazing community," Rick Hoppe wrote in an email. "The people are so dedicated to the success of the city and to each other. Mayor (Don) Groesser, the City Council and the city staff are great people and continuing to work with them was (a) major factor in my decision."