The seat of the Omaha Council opens when town council is elected to the state meeting

A seat on the Omaha City Council opens when a member moves to the Nebraska legislature.

The city of Omaha says councilor Rich Pahls, who becomes a member of the unicameral council, will vacate his seat on the council. City guides say Pahls will step down as a member of the city council before being sworn in as a senator on January 6, 2021. The current tenure of the city council runs until June 6, 2021.

On Thursday, City Council President Chris Jerram said, “City council members congratulate Rich on being elected to the state assembly. We will miss Rich’s contributions to the city council, and I know the residents of District 5 will miss his advocacy for their interests. We believe the city council has important work to do for the remainder of this term. We also believe that it is vital that the residents of District 5 are represented on the council and that the city is best served when a full council has key issues. “

The process for filling the position will be as follows:

  • Qualified candidates interested in serving the remainder of this tenure of the council must provide the city clerk by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 with a letter of resume indicating the candidate’s interest in a tenure described in the council is sent by post, e-mail or by hand to:
    • Elizabeth Butler, Town Clerk Omaha / Douglas Civic Center 1819 Farnam Street, Suite LC-1 Omaha, NE 68183
  • A qualified candidate must be a registered voter and have lived in Council District 5 for at least one year. A map of Council District 5 can be found on the city council’s website here
  • Eligible Candidates’ credentials are verified by City Council members, who may interview candidates at each Council member’s discretion.
  • One or more nominees are expected to be announced by Thursday, December 17, 2020.
  • The candidate (s) will appear on the Council’s agenda on December 22, 2020 when the Council votes on the appointment.
  • The new city council member will be inaugurated at the city council meeting on January 12, 2021. The term of office of the new council member ends on June 6, 2021.

Procedural questions can be directed to Council Chief of Staff Jim Dowding at (402) 444-6298. Questions that potential candidates may have about their Qualified Voter status in District 5 may be directed to the Douglas County Election Commission at (402) 444-8683.

(Photo from the city of Omaha)

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