Fremont mayor fined $2,250 for not disclosing financial interests in city contracts

Fremont mayor fined $2,250 for not disclosing financial interests in city contracts
Fremont Mayor Scott Getzschman

LINCOLN — The mayor of Fremont has been fined $2,250 after he failed to publicly disclose his interest in contracts made with the city.

The fine was handed down Friday by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. The commission enforces laws relating to campaign finance, financial disclosure, lobbying and conflicts of interest.

Mayor Scott Getzschman entered into a settlement agreement after it was alleged the mayor did not disclose his interest in six contracts with the City of Fremont ranging from $28 to $460.

Specifically, the mayor failed to make the contracts agenda items at Fremont City Council meetings and failed to publicly disclose his interest in the contracts, according to NADC documents.

The contracts were made with Getzschman Heating, the mayor’s heating and air conditioning company.

Getzschman did not return a message left for him on Friday afternoon.

Per the settlement agreement, Getzschman was fined only for two contracts worth $400 and $460.

The $400 contract was made on Jan. 8, 2015, and involved emergency services provided to the city.

The $460 contract was made on Feb. 9, 2016, and involved a service call following work that had originally been performed by the company as a subcontractor.

In the NADC documents, Getzschman said it was not his intention to violate the law.

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