City Attorney Bows Out Of Case Against Nebraska Mayor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The city attorney for Grand Island says he'll hire another lawyer to handle the prosecution if the City Council proceeds with a misconduct charge against Mayor Jay Vavricek.

The city code covering removal of the mayor specifies that the city attorney would be the prosecutor. But City Attorney Bob Sivick said that he would have a conflict of interest because his clients include the mayor, the city and the City Council.

Sivick says he's lined up an attorney from the Omaha suburb of Ralston to do the job if the council decides at its meeting Tuesday night to move forward against the mayor.

The misconduct charge cites Vavricek's drunken-driving arrest on March 2. Vavricek pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was fined.

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