Mayor Jean Stothert issued the following statement tonight to rebut comments made today by Sen. Heath Mello regarding the hselection of Dan Olsen as Omaha’s new Fire Chief:
“Choosing a Fire Chief is not political for me. I feel compelled to respond to comments made late today by Heath Mello.
Heath Mello is trying to score cheap political points by politicizing the appointment of the Omaha Fire Chief. His statements are false, misleading and do a real disservice to the citizens of this city.
Here’s the bottom line: Mr. Mello, again, shows that he does not understand city ordinance and law. He should take the time to educate himself about the hiring process, particularly Sec. 23-232—“Referral of eligibles.”
I can assure Steve LeClair, president of Local 385 and the citizens of Omaha, that the process we followed was indeed fair and impartial.”