Former Omaha city prosecutor named City Attorney

Matt Kuhse has been serving as Interim City Attorney since December
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Mayor Jean Stothert announced Matt Kuhse as the new Omaha City Attorney on Thursday afternoon.

Kuhse has been serving as the Interim City Attorney since the former City Attorney, Paul Kratz, retired in December.

“Matt has demonstrated excellent ability over the last 10 months,” Stothert said in a release from her office. “He will lead our team of skilled and dedicated attorneys and legal staff with experience, trusted relationship, and respect. I trust Matt’s opinion and counsel and I look forward to working together.”

Kuhse, who got his law degree from Creighton University, served as Deputy Douglas County Attorney for 15 years and spent six years as the Deputy City Attorney, functional also as the City Prosecutor.

“I am very honored to be chosen for this position,” Kuhse said in the mayor’s news relese. “I am excited to begin this new chapter of my career, and even more excited to continue working with the fine lawyers and staff in the law department. While I will miss the prosecutor’s office, I intend to still play a role.”

Appointed by the mayor, filling the position has taken some time; applications were taken in January. According to the release from the mayor’s office, Kuhse was selected from 11 candidates, five of whom referred to the mayor interviews.

Matt Kuhse will serve as the new City Attorney, replacing long-time City Attorney Paul Kratz, who retired in...

Posted by Jean Stothert on Thursday, October 7, 2021

“This is a critically important position that impacts the day-to-day operations of the city,” Stothert said in January. “We anticipate a competitive application process and will select the candidate who will best represent the city and our taxpayers.”

The posted salary was $178,068.80, with annual step increases to $208,811.20.

Applicants for the position were required to have a Juris Doctor degree; 10 years of experience as an attorney, including legal research and trial work experience; a member of the Nebraska Bar Association; and personnel management experience as the city attorney also supervises a staff of 35 people, including 24 attorneys in the civil and prosecutions departments.

The posted job description states that the city attorney is responsible for:

  • Planning, supervising, and participating in all legal services provided to the mayor, city council, department heads, and administrative and quasi-judicial bodies
  • Supervising the preparation and presentation of all criminal and civil cases in court
  • Rendering opinions and advising elective and appointive officials and boards on legal matters, and the investigation and disposition of claims for and against the city

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