A Jan. 25 recall election has been set for Mayor Jim Suttle, barring court action to stop it.
The Omaha City Council set the date for the election at its meeting Tuesday. The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Ben Gray opposed.
Gray said he didn't have any problem with the date, but he disagrees with the recall effort overall.
“I'm not going to participate in that farce,” he said. “All you have here are a large group of individuals who didn't participate in the last election and are trying to get a do-over. I'm not going to give it my blessing.”
After the vote, Suttle's office issued a statement that said the mayor will prepare for a recall election, unless a judge rules to halt it.
The mayor has repeatedly said he has no plans to resign.
“The mayor stepped up to the plate and made tough decisions to protect the best interest of the people he serves,” said Aida Amoura, the mayor's spokeswoman. “The mayor will defend himself and the majority of Omaha residents who are interested in moving the city forward and not in political maneuvers that will have a negative impact on the future of our community.”