Byrd May Resign

Gov. Mike Johanns talked to Nebraska State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd Monday for the first time since he called for her to resign last week. Johanns said Byrd told him she was seriously considering resigning from office.

The governor said he doesn't expect Byrd to make a decision until later this week or next week. Johanns didn't give Byrd a deadline and she didn't offer one, he said.

Last Tuesday, Byrd said she would not resign despite her pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misuse of office. The next day, Byrd told The Associated Press she was considering resigning.

Johanns said he decided to call Byrd after he learned of the reports that she was mulling resignation.

Byrd was appointed treasurer by Johanns in 2001 after former treasurer Dave Heineman was named lieutenant governor. Byrd then was elected to the office last year. She has three years remaining in her term.

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