City council president Pete Festersen says the council will work with the mayor and MECA to address ambiguities in terminology to avoid future eligibility questions.
MECA board member Jamie Gutierrez-Mora will resign after questions were raised about her eligibility to serve.
Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen tells 1110 KFAB that council members and Gutierrez-Mora determined that due to recent confusion over eligibility rules regarding her residency outside of Omaha city limits and a failure to agree on a resolution, it was best for her to step down.
Gutierrez-Mora and Mayor Stothert had planned to meet about the issue this week, but the mayor said Gutierrez-Mora canceled that meeting via text message.
Festersen added the council will work with the mayor and MECA to address ambiguities in terminology to avoid future eligibility questions. The council will now appoint a replacement for Gutierrez-Mora, but hopes she'll consider serving on the board again in the future if she meets the updated requirements once they are established.