Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said Friday police have completed their investigation of two controversial photos taken last weekend at a fire station and released by an anonymous source. The investigation found no criminal behavior in allowing a woman to be photographed with firefighters and a fire truck.
However, possible workplace rules may have been violated. The fire chief will consider that for possible disciplinary action.
Station 33 near 42nd and Grover is where more than 10 women attending a bachelorette stopped by last Saturday night and snapped a couple of photos. The bachelorette herself posed with firefighters and then posed on a fire truck.
The fire union said because there was a complaint it did warrant an investigation, just not by police. Steve Leclair told our radio partner Scott Voorhees on KFAB Thursday morning it was an abuse of power. “The mayor is clouding the waters as if to say, if I have police going in, it seems that there's something more sinister going on than someone stopping for a picture.”
Channel 6 News learned that the workforce violation may involve visitor hours at the firehouse, which go from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and this happened later than that. “There are restrictions on that,” said the mayor. “We'll find out and then we'll move on. We don't know what happened, Steve Leclair doesn't know either and we need to find out and then move on."
Mayor Stothert said she could have had anyone investigate, even human relations, but chose police because they offered and it would ensure impartiality.
Besides visiting hours, the OFD handbook says "members shall not be permitted to entertain visitors during work.”