Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she will drive herself to most City events.
In her first day on the job Tuesday, Mayor Stothert said she would drive herself to and from work in the new hybrid Ford Fusion she bought and insured. Stothert says there will be occasions when she will need security for some events.
"But to have someone permantley assigned to drive me around, I'm not going to do that."
It's one of the cost cutting promises she made to voters on the campaign trail. She has also cut the mayor's office staff from 13 to 11 and has reduced costs by ten percent.
"I believe this sets an example for the rest of the City's 11 departments," Stothert said.
Stothert says she also plans to ask the City Council to restore union contract negotiating authority to the Mayor's office. Two years ago while on the City Council, Stothert and her colleagues issued a vote of no confidence against former Mayor Jim Suttle and stripped that power from him.