City Disputes Clerk’s Claim Of Retaliation Over Utility Account

NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City commissioners have disputed facts offered by former city Clerk Arnold Ehlers ahead of the February trial on his allegations of retaliation and improper closed meetings prior to the end of his job with the city.

Ehlers alleges that commissioners retaliated against him because he asked the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts to review the way Nebraska City Utilities handles certain funds.

The city claims that commissioners who voted not to re-appoint were not aware that Ehlers had talked with state auditors.

The city claims that Ehlers was not re-appointed because he misstated the city’s bond holdings by the amount of  $1 million  and failed to publicly correct the amount over a six-month period.

The city also opposes the use of a recording of the city council’s closed session, claiming that commissioners have privilege and immunity for statements made in closed sessions.

The city also says that former mayor Jack Hobbie can not speak for the other commissioners named in the lawsuit, including Jim Stark, Jeff Crunk, Mindy Briley and Vic Johns.

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