Former Omaha Fire Chief Signs New Retirement Agreement

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Former Omaha Fire Chief Mike McDonnell has signed a retirement agreement with Mayor Jean Stothert. His retirement will be effective November 8, 2013.

According to the Mayor's Office, McDonnell will remain on paid administrative leave until his retirement is final. The terms of the new agreement include:

  • McDonnell will retire with 24 years of service, making him eligible for 71 percent of his city pension
  • Mayor Stothert agrees not to layoff any sworn OFD personnel now through December 21
  • Mayor Stothert agrees not to remove any rigs from service now through December 21, with the exception of Medic 3

The Mayor's Office said this agreement, signed Monday, is significantly different from the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Stothert and McDonnell. In the original MOU, McDonnell would have received credit for 25 years of service and a higher pension - 75 percent. Mayor Stothert also agreed not to layoff sworn personnel or take rigs out of service until July 2014 or reduce the number of Assistant Fire Chiefs in the original MOU.

Mayor Jean Stothert said, "This is a great step in helping the Omaha Fire Department move forward in a positive direction."

Stothert's office will begin its search for a permanent Chief. Interim Chief Bernie Kanger will continue as interim chief during that search.

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