The Gretna City Council has agreed to pay the past five months of health insurance premiums for fired city administrator Colleen Lawry.
Lawry's separation agreement was approved this week. Lawry, 49, pleaded no contest in September to three misdemeanor charges as part of a plea bargain to settle her criminal case over misuse of city finances.
Lawry's contract had entitled her to 6½ months of benefits if fired for cause, Gretna City Attorney John Green said.
A total cost for the insurance premiums was not immediately available.
Green said the council wanted to resolve the matter before the new mayor takes over in December.
Lawry will be sentenced next month in Sarpy County District Court.
She was fired in April and charged with felony theft after misusing nearly $1,000 from a Gretna senior citizens fund. The charge was filed after prosecutors said she made purchases with the senior citizens funds at several stores, including Victoria's Secret and a liquor store.
Prosecutors said in court that Lawry made about 30 separate purchases totaling $5,000 for personal items that were not authorized by the City of Gretna.
Prosecutors also determined that Lawry received more than $3,000 in overpayments for educational reimbursements from the City of Gretna while attending Bellevue University.
Lawry was cooperative in the criminal investigation and has made full restitution to the city and the Gretna Senior Center, according to prosecutors.
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