The City of Omaha has launched its search for a physician willing to oversee the Fire Department's emergency medical service — as a volunteer.
A request for proposals was issued this week for a position that was Omaha Fire Department, Mayor Stothert spar over paying for medical consultant>a source of contention between Mayor Jean Stothert and Fire Chief Mike McDonnell.
The chief, who is on administrative leave and will retire next month, had asked for $150,000 to pay consultants from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to fill the role. Stothert cut the funding and said she wanted the position filled by a volunteer — as her husband, Dr. Joseph Stothert, had done for the last several years.
Dr. Stothert served in the role for 18 years and was paid about $58,000 annually until his wife was elected to the City Council in 2009. He then served as a volunteer until he was dismissed by former Mayor Jim Suttle this past spring.
The city has set Nov. 6 as a deadline for applicants and aims to make a selection by mid-November. A contract with Dr. Robert Muelleman, who is currently filling the position, ends Dec. 31.