Former Fremont Mayor Donald “Skip” Edwards died Tuesday at an Omaha hospital. Edwards cited health concerns when he stepped down last November. He was in office for 22 years.
In 2008, Edwards broke the Fremont city council’s 4-4 tie on a controversial proposed ordinance that would have barred the hiring of illegal immigrants and barred renting them housing within city limits. The ordinance would have failed on a tie, but Edwards voted against it anyway.
The ordinance was later adopted after city voters approved it in 2010. The ordinance is currently being challenged in court.
Current Fremont Mayor, Scott Getzschman, told the Fremont Tribune that Edwards was, “truly the epitome of leadership and had a passion for Fremont. He’ll be greatly missed.”
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