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Stothert taps former Husker Tony Veland for Omaha Housing Authority board

Stothert taps former Husker Tony Veland for Omaha Housing Authority board

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Former Husker and retired NFL player Tony Veland, right, speaks at the Big Red Breakfast in Omaha in 2016. He will be appointed to the Omaha Housing Authority board by Mayor Jean Stothert.

Tony Veland, a former Husker football and NFL player who works for an educational nonprofit, will be appointed to the Omaha Housing Authority board by Mayor Jean Stothert.

Veland is director of community engagement at the AIM Institute in Omaha, a nonprofit that works to develop information technology talent. A graduate of Benson High School, Veland starred in the 1991 Shrine Bowl and played a key role on the University of Nebraska’s 1994 and 1995 national championship teams. He later earned a Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos.

Veland worked as a financial adviser for several years after his NFL career and also coached football for the Omaha Beef and Northwest High School.

“He is qualified and well-respected in our community,” Stothert said. “He will make a great board member.”

Veland could not be reached for comment Friday.

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His appointment is expected to go before the Omaha City Council on Tuesday, the same day as that of Eric Burgin, a Housing Authority resident leader. If the council confirms both, that would bring the board to its full complement of seven volunteer members and fill key vacancies that had lingered.

Nebraska law requires there to be at least one Housing Authority resident and at least one person from a racial minority on the board. There had been no resident on the board for nine months, and no person of color for five months.

Stothert moved quickly to fill the seats after The World-Herald reported on the vacancies, although she and Housing Authority leaders said they had already been seeking candidates.

Stothert said Friday that because the board “had not had success in recruiting a minority member,” she sought recommendations from a few community leaders.

“Tony Veland’s name came up multiple times,” she said. “I spoke to him, and he is excited to serve.”

Veland would replace George Achola, an attorney and real estate executive who is also a former Husker. He resigned from the board in late May.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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