An attorney hired by the McCook City Council says council seats held by two members were forfeited when they were convicted of misdemeanors.
Outside attorney Howard Olsen delivered results of his research to the council at last week's meeting.
Councilman Aaron Kircher was convicted of disturbing
the peace. Shane Hilker was found guilty of harboring a potentially
vicious dog. Under Nebraska law, council members who've been
convicted of crimes while in office must step down.
On Monday, Hilker said he had accepted advice from the lawyer
and was stepping aside.
Kircher says that he had to reply to a council query about his intentions before discussing them publicly.