Grand Island Council Studying Way to Oust Mayor

By: The AP Email
By: The AP Email

The Grand Island City Council president says concerns about the behavior of Mayor Jay Vavricek have prompted the council to consider his removal.

After a community meeting Thursday night, council President Bob Neimann said the council would use a section of city code that allows an elected official to be removed from office for misconduct or malfeasance.

Several people at the meeting expressed concern or recounted their embarrassment over Vavricek's recent arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in nearby Howard County. Resident Grady Erickson called the incident "an eyesore." On March 21 Vavricek pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving and was fined $500.

A spokeswoman for the city said Vavricek intended to make a statement later on Friday.

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