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Ongoing transition

Ongoing transition

UPDATE: Another department head has stepped down: Richard O’Gara, director of the city’s Human Resources Department. Steve Kerrigan is currently filling in for O’Gara.
The decision was his own, he told me earlier today. The Planning Department was targeted by Mayor Jim Suttle’s challengers during the city election cycle. The mayor-elect has said she wants new blood on City Hall’s 11th floor.
“I am proud of what I believe has been accomplished while I’ve been here,” Cunningham said. “It was a great pleasure being here and serving in my hometown. It’s been an honor.”
Stothert has also hired her right hand man, as work to bring in a new administration continues.
Marty Bilek, chief deputy of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, will serve as the mayor’s chief of staff.
Stothert has a lot of hires to make, besides the high-profile Planning Department post, including directors for the city finance and parks departments. Not to mention a staff for her office.
Stothert’s transition office, just down the hall from outgoing Mayor Jim Suttle’s permanent workspace, is also open.
Stothert officials got the keys to the space this week and have since worked to connect phone lines, Internet connections and email and voicemail accounts. Stothert will use the space through her June 10 inauguration.
The public can reach the transition office at 402-996-8328 or mayortransition@ci.omaha.ne.us
May 30, 2013 Comments Read More
It’s almost over

It’s almost over

With less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, the race for mayor looks like it could be a close one. On Sunday, Robynn Tysver talked to voters and checked out campaign finance reports — and found that it’s going to be a tough race to call early.

Mayor Jim Suttle has raised $100,000 since April 29, while challenger Jean Stothert has brought in $67,000. In total, each of the candidates raised about $1.1 million.

Meanwhile, we spent time last week talking to the candidates and following them on the campaign trail.

May 13, 2013 Comments Read More
The taxing and spending divide

The taxing and spending divide

Our colleague Matt Wynn broke down some of the more contentious taxing and spending issues that have divided Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and City Councilwoman Jean Stothert.

Over the last four years of fiscal fights, the two were never on equal footing — the mayor introduced complete budgets while the council could only amend his proposals, and the power to negotiate contracts changed from the mayor to the council in the past year.

While Suttle says he was trying to address serious financial problems, he says Stothert was the staunch “voice of no.” He’s accused her of playing politics, declining to name budget cuts unless he led the way. Stothert’s replied that the mayor has simply addressed city fiscal challenges with new taxes or fees.

May 8, 2013 Comments Read More
Suttle on Stothert’s tax plans

Suttle on Stothert’s tax plans

Another ad from Mayor Jim Suttle’s campaign takes on Jean Stothert’s city finance ideas.

May 6, 2013 Comments Read More
Election update: Omaha Steel, crime, tax cuts

Election update: Omaha Steel, crime, tax cuts

Last week was a big one for sparring between the Suttle and Stothert campaigns.

First, there was crime. Jean Stothert held a press conference Monday to challenge Mayor Jim Suttle’s claims that crime rates have been flat during his administration. She cited Omaha Police Department statistics that showed both violent and property crime going up over the last few years. A day later, Suttle fired back in his own press conference. His stats, also from OPD, showed crime dropping, and then staying flat.

So what gives? Both sets of statistics are correct. But we talked to experts who caution that any short-term look at crime can reveal skewed pictures of the real situation.

April 29, 2013 Comments Read More
New Suttle ad

New Suttle ad

Mayor Jim Suttle’s campaign has a new TV spot:

April 25, 2013 Comments Read More
New Stothert ad

New Stothert ad

Jean Stothert’s campaign is running a new TV spot on a topic that’s gotten a lot of attention this week.

 

April 24, 2013 Comments Read More
Want to hear from the mayoral candidates?

Want to hear from the mayoral candidates?

UPDATE, 4/22: Taxes were a hot topic at the first two events on the schedule. Here’s a look at what the candidates had to say about their plans.

 

The schedule of forums and debates for Mayor Jim Suttle and City Councilwoman Jean Stothert, at least for now:

» Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center Forum, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Omaha Marriott, 10220 Regency Circle.

» CREW 2013 Commercial Real Estate Workshop Mayoral Panel, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday, CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St.

» Omaha World-Herald Debate, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 23, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

» Metropolitan Hospitality Group Forum, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 24, DoubleTree Hotel, 1616 Dodge St.

» League of Women Voters/Omaha Press Club Debate, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 26, Omaha Press Club, 1620 Dodge St.

» Downtown Improvement District Board Meeting (candidates will speak and answer questions from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.), April 30, 16th floor of First National Bank Building, 1620 Dodge St.

April 17, 2013 Comments Read More
New Stothert Ad debuts

New Stothert Ad debuts

City Councilmember Jean Stothert‘s mayoral campaign has posted a new television ad.

April 10, 2013 Comments Read More
Suttle’s big task in general election

Suttle’s big task in general election

If you missed it this weekend, be sure to read Paul Goodsell and Matt Wynn’s well-crafted breakdown of the mayoral primary result.

The takeaway? There’s no question that Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle had a rough primary election last week. But despite his weak showing, Suttle still has a chance to catch up to front-runner Jean Stothert.

Consider (and click around) the map embedded in this post:

April 8, 2013 Comments Read More