A telephone friend of former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy's has lost her job in the wake of the scandal that also cost Sheehy his political life.
Michele Ehresman, a former member of the Holdrege school board, has resigned her position as head of a pro-agriculture group known as We Support Agriculture.
The group was started last year by five of the state's largest agriculture groups — including the Nebraska Cattlemen and the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Its purpose, in large part, was to aggressively counter criticism being aimed at ranchers and others by animal-rights groups.
Ehresman, the former executive director of the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce, was hired by the group last summer. The group's board of directors issued a press release Thursday, saying they and Ehresman had “mutually agreed” to end their contractual relationship.
Ehresman was one of four women that Sheehy called frequently in the wee hours of the night, talking for hours on his state-owned cellphone.
Ehresman, who is recently divorced, has declined numerous requests for interviews. She did not return a call Thursday.
Sheehy resigned Saturday after World-Herald reporters presented him with findings of their investigation into his cellphone records.
He had been considered a top gubernatorial candidate before the story broke. Since then, his campaign has been returning money to its donors, and Sheehy has all but disappeared from the political world.
He also has declined all requests for interviews.
In all, Sheehy made more than 2,300 calls over four years to four women. The bulk were made before his wife, Connie, filed for divorce last summer.
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