The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday largely rejected an appeal by the City of Omaha to prevent reinstatement of Steve LeClair, who has been off the job for nearly three years.
Omaha fire and police officials had to manage staffing and shuffle shifts amid sickness and quarantines in their ranks, especially when COVID infections spiked in late 2020.
After access to the vaccine came, most local first responders got the shot. Yet records provided by the city indicate that 27% of Omaha firefighters and 41% of police officers remain unvaccinated.
A judge won't change course on her previous conclusion that the City of Omaha's appeal of a fire union leader's reinstatement was "frivolous,"…
The Omaha fire union's point: The city wasn’t offended enough to fire a police officer who, while on duty, made a racist comment in front of a new employee he was helping to train. But now it is interested in firing a fire union president who made an inflammatory comment while invading a woman's space while off duty.
The World-Herald dug into the arbitrator’s decision, legal briefs and documents from three days of testimony to identify several takeaways.
The following timeline of the case has been taken from police reports, court records and transcripts.
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.
Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen has fired the president of the firefighters union, citing an internal investigation of an alleged assault at a local bar.
Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen has put the kibosh on plans for a steamy 2018 charity calendar, saying the calendar isn’t in line with the department’s mission statement that calls for its members to act with integrity, professionalism and compassion.
To many of the local union heads who served under Terry Moore, he was a father figure, a mentor, a teacher and above all, a fixer who could get things done. Here’s what some said after getting the news Tuesday of that Moore will no longer be head of the Omaha Federation of Labor.
The ordinance puts into city code the mayor’s ability to disqualify top candidates for police and fire chief. It also changes how to handle fire and police promotions below chief.
After a six-year hiatus, a medic unit on Friday will return to serving a fast-growing area of the city.
Medic Unit 78 was taken out of service in 2011 because of budget constraints.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts appeared at a rally in Omaha to support Stothert in her race against challenger Heath Mello. Earlier in the day, about 100 union members and supporters gathered in the afternoon in opposition to the rally with Walker.
Finalists for job say Mayor Jean Stothert didn’t follow correct procedure; mayor says city ‘will prevail in court’
Officials say change to cash-balance plans is needed
Salvatore Fidone III, 48, of Council Bluffs, was hit Monday morning at 144th and U Streets.
Omaha City Attorney Paul Kratz said Thursday that Mayor Jean Stothert correctly followed city code and policy in selecting Dan Olsen as fire chief.
Paul Kratz said Stothert asked him to review the process that resulted in Olsen’s hiring. Steve LeClair, president of the Omaha firefighters union, had criticized Stothert’s handling of the process, as did mayoral candidate Heath Mello.
Mayor says her pick for the job was the most qualified applicant but the city firefighters union leader says she subverted the city’s hiring process so she could pick her favored candidate.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert named interim Fire Department head Dan Olsen as the city's fire chief Wednesday, calling him the most qualified appl…