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Former Police Chief Named Omaha Mayor's Chief Of Staff

Jun 4, 2021

(Omaha, NE)  --  Mayor Jean Stothert announced her new chief of staff in a press conference yesterday afternoon.  Thomas Warren, a community leader with 24 years of law enforcement experience, including 4 years a chief of police, will join the mayor’s staff officially on July 1st…If his contract is approved by the city council.  Warren retired from the Omaha Police department in 2008 when he then became the President and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska, a position he holds to this very day.

Omaha World Herald

The Omaha City Council has passed a resolution brought by newly-reelected Mayor Jean Stothert that condemns discrimination and hate and calls for Omaha leaders to be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The resolution is largely symbolic, as it enacted no policy changes. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the resolution drew praise, but also criticism from some who said city leaders need to do more than offer lip service to combating discrimination.

UNO Gateway

Republican incumbent Jean Stothert has sailed to a third term as Omaha's mayor, capturing the vote 2-to-1 over Democratic challenger and commercial real estate broker RJ Neary in Tuesday's city election. Neary conceded the race by 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Stothert declaring in her victory speech that she would be focused on continuing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and making the city more inclusive and safe. The 67-year-old Stothert pushed through her campaign following the death of her husband of 40 years in March.

Stothert Proposes Three Areas For Annexation

May 5, 2021

Omaha could soon expand in size.  Mayor Jean Stothert has submitted a proposal to annex three sites that would add 248 people to the city's population.  The sites include Whispering Ridge West near 180th and Maple, Northridge near 180th and Pacific as well as an area near 156th and Fort.  The city planning board will consider the proposal on June 2nd, and the annexation would take effect on July 27th if approved.


Democrat RJ Neary will face incumbent Republican Mayor Jean Stothert in the May 11 election. The Douglas County Election Commission on Friday announced the results after counting 12,000 absentee ballots. The top two vote getters in Omaha’s city primary elections move on the general election. A total of 85,096 people voted in the primary on Tuesday. Unofficial results showed Stothert, who is seeking a third term, received 47,966 votes. Neary, a commercial real estate broker, received 13,162 votes. Three other Democrats ran in the primary election. 

Omaha Police Chief Defers Retirement

Mar 18, 2021
Omaha World Herald

Omaha's police chief wants to stay on the job. Chief Todd Schmaderer is deferring his retirement eligibility and wants to continue in his role for up to five more years. Mayor Jean Stothert's office made the announcement on Wednesday.  Schmaderer was eligible to retire last month after 25 years on the force in Omaha. He's been chief of police since 2012.

Marietta Daily Journal

Omaha’s mayor says she’ll return to work and seek reelection after her husband, a prominent local surgeon, died earlier this month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mayor Jean Stothert on Tuesday thanked the public and her campaign opponents for their support following the death of her husband, Dr. Joseph Stothert. She says he would have wanted her to continue as mayor and recalled how he joined her door-knocking campaigns, her town hall events and her annual State of the City addresses. She says her children, Elizabeth Leddy and Dr. Andrew Stothert, have also encouraged her to run.

Mayor Suspends Re-election Campaign In Wake Of Tragedy

Mar 9, 2021

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is putting her reelection campaign on hold temporarily.  Stothert's office announced yesterday that the mayor is pausing all campaign activities following the death of her husband.  Dr. Joe Stothert was found dead on Friday at the family's home in southwest Omaha, and no foul play is suspected. 

The family of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says her husband has died. Police found a man dead at the couple’s home. A statement Friday from the Stothert family announced the death of Joe Stothert. The statement came about three hours after Omaha police were called to the mayor’s home to investigate reports of a shooting. Officers found the body of a man. Police didn’t provide details about the shooting but stated that foul play wasn’t suspected. The family says Joe Stothert's death was a "tragic loss." 

Police Union Publicly Aligns With Stothert

Mar 3, 2021

Omaha's police union is throwing its support behind the mayor.  The Omaha Police Officer's Association endorsed Jean Stothert for mayor yesterday.  Stothert is seeking her third term as mayor, and union president Sergeant Tony Conner noted that they are rewarding loyalty for a mayor who has stood with the police.  Omaha's primary election is next month. 

City/Police Union Move To Reach Agreement

Oct 22, 2020

The City of Omaha has reached a tentative contract agreement with the police union. Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha Police Officers Association President Tony Conner made the announcement yesterday.  The new deal calls for salary increases, pension reform, and changes to health coverage. It now has to be approved by the union's rank-and-file, the city's personnel board, and City Council. The current contract expires in December.

OPD Avoids Budget Cut

Aug 19, 2020

The Omaha Police Department will not have its budget cut.  City Council members voted yesterday to turn down Council President Chris Jerram's proposed two-million-dollar cut to the police budget.  Under the proposal, the two-million-dollars would have gone towards mental health treatment, rehabilitation and employment services.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she would have vetoed the budget cut.


State health officials announced 332 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 23-thousand-818 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and 316 deaths. Thirty-four-percent of hospital beds and eighty-percent of ventilators are available. Officials in Omaha say a citywide mask mandate could go into effect next week. Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said the area needs to get COVID-19 under control in order for schools to reopen.

**UPDATE: The entire interview has been posted below.  It has been broken into three segments for ease of listening during your schedule.

A candid Mayor Stothert discusses the pandemic, the protests, the riots, and what she and her office are doing to drive change in Omaha.

Thursday, July 2nd at noon, from the studios at 33rd and Burt, a special, extended installment of “Live & Local.” 

Host Mike Hogan gets to sit down for an hour with the current and first woman mayor of the city of Omaha, Jean Stothert.   That will be broadcast live at noon and posted online after the broadcast.  You can listen at 91.5 FM or just click the “Play” button above.

Protestors Stage Sit-In At Mayor's Office

Jul 1, 2020

Protesters are making their voices heard in Omaha.  A group called the Progressive Black Led Allied Coalition sat in protest outside Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's office yesterday.  Demonstrators say their goal is to get justice for all people.  The demands include the arrest of Jake Gardner, who was released from police custody after the killing of James Scurlock during a protest as well as having all charges dropped against protestors who violated curfew.

Stothert Announces Investigation Into Cafe Closure

Jun 26, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is calling for an investigation into protests that led to the closure of a restaurant.  Stothert announced yesterday that police are looking into allegations that protesters pounded on the windows of the 11-Worth Cafe, blocked traffic and attempted to extort money from the owners.  The restaurant near 24th and Leavenworth closed after protests earlier this month.  

In The Wake Of Protests; Reforms Within OPD

Jun 26, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer are announcing changes within the city's police department.  Officers are now forbidden from using their knee to pin a person down by their neck.  They're also required to intervene and report when a fellow officer is not taking the appropriate actions.  The updated policy was announced yesterday.  Officer training will begin next month.

Omaha Parks Director Resigns To Head Nonprofit

Jun 22, 2020

The city of Omaha is looking for a new parks department director.  Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench resigned on Saturday and will lead a new philanthropic organization dedicated to park development.  Bench has led the Omaha Parks Department since being named director on an interim basis in 2011.  He plans to leave the parks department later this summer.

Cited For Violating the Curfew Recently? Good News...

Jun 16, 2020

People who were cited for violating curfew during recent protests in Omaha could see their charges dropped.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced yesterday that she has asked that curfew violation charges be thrown out for people who have no serious criminal history.  If the charges are dropped, bonds will be refunded and records will be sealed.  People who have criminal histories would receive diversion and be required to complete community service before their curfew violation charges are dismissed.   

Fremont Tribune

A day after she rescinded a curfew, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced she would reinstate the restriction for Friday night and Saturday night. Stothert says she took the action after learning from police of five events planned Friday and a large gathering expected Saturday to mark the death of George Floyd after his arrest by Minneapolis police. The curfew will be stretch from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on both nights. The Mayor on Thursday called the move “unfortunate but necessary."  The move came a day after Stothert said Wednesday she would rescind the curfew.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is apologizing to a woman she insulted in a Facebook comment and will meet with her later this week.   Soyeon Sohn had commented earlier this week on a public post about Stothert's emergency order and called the mayor a coward. Stothert replied to the woman and called her a coward who doesn't list her name and who hides behind symbols.  Sohn uses the Korean spelling of her name on Facebook, and Stothert has apologized and admitted to not recognizing the symbols as Korean letters.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has been granted emergency powers.  City council members voted yesterday to give the mayor the ability to extend a state of emergency declaration including a curfew for up to a week.   The council approved the measure on a five-to-one vote with Councilman Chris Jerram voting "no." Council members also voted yesterday to pass a resolution condemning the actions of the Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death.  The resolution noted that the city council grieves with Floyd's family for their loss and joins them in their call for justice and peace.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in street repairs are coming to Omaha.  Voters in Omaha approved measures during yesterday's primary election that will allow the city to issue 200-million-dollars in bonds for street repairs.  The bond issue will generate an additional 40-million-dollars-per-year for street repairs over the next five years.  The first road projects to be funded by the bonds are expected to start this summer.

The city of Omaha will not get any federal money under the CARES Act.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced on Friday that no federal money will go to Omaha because the city's population is under 500-thousand.  One-point-two-billion dollars in CARES Act money will be allocated for the state, and Douglas County will receive 160-million-dollars over the next two weeks.

Pandemic Shifts OPD's Priorities

Apr 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting the Omaha Police Department's workload.  Authorities say the number of disturbances and domestic violence calls have increased slightly over the last two weeks.  Child abuse calls have decreased by 25-percent, which police say is due in part to schools being closed. The OPD is also issuing citations to those who do not obey the mayor's decision to close Omaha's public parks. Mayor Jean Stothert  officially closed the parks April 8th with barricades and signs posted the following day in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

Omaha's Parks Now Closed; Trails Remain Open

Apr 9, 2020
Omaha World Herald

Omaha's parks are off-limits to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Jean Stothert announced yesterday that the city's 250 parks will be closed until the end of April, but the trail system will remain open.  Anyone caught in an Omaha city park faces possible arrest, and any unattended vehicle at a park could be towed.

On Tuesday, April 7th, starting at noon, KIOS will host a one-hour question and answer discussion with Omaha Mayor, Jean Stothert.  We invite listeners to submit questions for the Mayor in writing before Tuesday.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said yesterday that Douglas County may be moving soon to restrict crowds to less than 50 people.  Large events like Saint Patrick's Day activities scheduled for Tuesday are a concern because of potential coronavirus exposure.  The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced it will be closed through the end of the month starting today, and Stothert said the city's public libraries and community centers are also closing immediately.

Street Proposal Goes Before Council

Jan 29, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's proposed 200-million-dollar bond is being considered by the City Council.  The bond proposal calls for 75-million-dollars per year to be spent on road repairs.  Stothert says if the bond is approved, the owner of a 100-thousand-dollar home would pay about 26-dollars in year in property taxes.  The City Council will hold a public hearing on the bond next Tuesday.