MECA board member’s residency challenged

MECA board member’s residency challenged

By Erin Golden September 9, 2013 1:28 pm Comments

UPDATE, 9/13: Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale is now investigating Gutierrez Mora. 

UPDATE, 9/11: Most of the City Council appears to be supportive of Festersen’s plan. 

UPDATE, 9/10: City Council President Pete Festersen wants the city to clarify the qualifications for MECA board members.

Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority board member Jamie Gutierrez Mora doesn’t meet the requirements to serve on the board — at least according to Omaha’s city attorney.

In an opinion issued late last week, City Attorney Paul Kratz said Gutierrez Mora does not live in Douglas County and is not a “resident elector,” though she is registered to vote in Douglas County. Gutierrez Mora owns a home in Bellevue, but has listed a South Omaha rental property owned by her husband as her home. 

Now, the mayor and City Council could vote to remove Gutierrez Mora from the board. The MECA board could also act independently on the matter.