Central Nebraska mayor targeted in recall

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BROKEN BOW, Neb. -- A recall drive has begun against the mayor of a central Nebraska city who is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge alleging abuse of his office.

Petition papers naming Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst were filed last week with the Custer County clerk. The filer, John Walters, wrote on the papers that Berghorst has created a hostile work environment for city employees. The petition also mentions two criminal charges facing the mayor.

Berghorst has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he threatened the job of a police officer investigating a fight outside a bar for which the mayor also has been charged.

The county clerk's office says Berghorst has until Sept. 23 to turn in a defense statement that would be placed on the recall petitions.