If Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has her way, former Planning Director Steve Jensen will be back at City Hall, helping to run the department he retired from four years ago. He'll work on contract, receiving up to $100,000 a year assisting the new planning director, James Thele. That would come in addition to his annual city pension of $114,405. Jensen, who is 61, would become the most lucrative example of a surprisingly common City Hall practice: double dipping.
More than 100 retirees besides Jensen have taken second jobs with the city after retiring — a practice prohibited by law until 1994.