Mayor-elect Jean Stothert announced Sunday that she has finished hiring her staff.
The Mayor's Office staff, excluding the mayor, has been cut from 13 positions to 11. Stothert will have two deputy chiefs of staff, one focusing on communications and one focusing on economic development.
“I'm very excited about the hardworking and dedicated team we have in place,” Stothert said. “Our goal will be to make Omaha city government more effective and customer friendly.”
Marty Bilek will serve as Stothert's chief of staff, as previously announced. He will receive an annual salary of $112,500. Bilek previously worked at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for 38 years, serving as the chief deputy for the past 11 years.
The hirings announced Sunday:
» Carrie Murphy, deputy chief of staff focusing on communications. Salary: $75,000. Murphy has served as the managing editor of KMTV-Channel 3 since 2001.
» Cassie Seagren, deputy chief of staff focusing on economic development. Salary: $75,000. Since March, Seagren has been Omaha's economic development manager.
» Rhonda Silvey, executive assistant to the mayor. Salary: $70,000. Silvey will manage the office, scheduling and spearhead special projects. She has been the executive assistant of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority since 2003.
» Rod Edwards, community relations director. Salary: $62,500. Edwards has been a political consultant and public policy adviser to many Omaha-area elected officials. He worked as Stothert's political director during her 2013 mayoral campaign and served on the mayor-elect's transition team.
» Barb Farho, after-school program coordinator. Salary: $46,350. Since 2007, Farho has worked in the Mayor's Office as grant assistant and education initiatives director.
» Cameron Gales, assistant community relations director. Salary: $36,000. Gales previously was a liaison for Early Childhood Services in Omaha and the youth advocate program coordinator for the Urban League of Nebraska Youth Advocate Program.
» Kris Bockerman, receptionist. Salary: $32,000. Bockerman most recently was the office manager and volunteer coordinator for Stothert's 2013 mayoral campaign.
» Steve Solorio, Mayor's Hotline assistant. Salary: $28,000. Solorio has served as a bilingual representative for the City of Omaha since 2007.
» T.J. Ewin, community relations assistant. Salary: $28,000. Ewin most recently was a field staffer for Stothert's 2013 mayoral campaign.
Stothert plans to announce her selection for the position of community liaison later this week. That position will have a $40,000 salary.
Stothert also plans to retain grant team members Gail Braun, Phil Ruhe and Caroline Gillian, who work in the Mayor's Office but whose positions are generally funded through grants.