Vote to remove Omaha mayor from office may proceed: judge

OMAHA, Nebraska (BestGrowthStock) – A vote to remove Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle from office should proceed as scheduled on January 25, a judge ruled on Thursday

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon said Suttle’s lawyer did not provide enough evidence of problems with recall petition signatures to halt the election.

Critics of the Democrat elected in 2009 have mounted the recall drive citing, “excessive taxes, broken promises and union deals that cost taxpayers millions.”

They collected 28,720 valid signatures, exceeding the 26,643 signatures needed to force city voters to decide the issue next month.

Suttle, 66, has said repeatedly that he is proud of his record and has no plans to resign.

Suttle said he has done nothing egregious or criminal to deserve a recall election.

Like many U.S. cities, Omaha has faced a financial crunch following the recession. This forced the mayor to make tough choices on the city budget and he also struck a controversial agreement with the police union.

(Writing by David Hendee, Editing by Greg McCune)

Vote to remove Omaha mayor from office may proceed: judge