The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District censured one of its board members Thursday for violating its code of conduct.
The 11-member board voted 6-3 to censure Scott Japp, who represents Washington County and parts of Burt, Thurston and Dakota Counties.
The board contended that Japp has harassed the district’s staff with data requests, exhibited “rude, threatening and condescending behavior” and made “false and erroneous accusations” about management to other agencies.
Two board members abstained from the vote.
“We were having difficulty with a director following protocol,” said Richard Tesar, who represents western Douglas County. Tesar introduced the censure motion.
The NRD adopted a code of conduct in 2011.
Japp said that the code is unconstitutional and that the censure motion is political push back for asking hard questions about favored projects.
“They’re just making these allegations up,” said Japp, who is serving his second term.
— Cody Winchester