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Bellevue Councilman Shannon to start recall petition against councilwoman

Posted: 5:25 PM, Nov 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-27 19:21:20-05
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BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A Bellevue city councilman is targeting a fellow elected official saying she's taking advantage of her position to make money.

Bellevue Councilman Pat Shannon says he'll file a recall petition against Bellevue Councilwoman Kathy Welch next week who he claims doesn't live in the district home she owns, makes inappropriate comments, and uses her position for personal financial gain.

"We've got a councilperson that illegally attended closed sessions when they had a conflict, we've got a councilperson that's illegally voted on something that was going to line her own pockets," Shannon explained.

3 News Now reached out to Councilwoman Welch. She says she hasn't seen the complaint yet so she's going to reserve comment until after she sees the accusations.

A proposed Bellevue city ordinance would allow a unanimous city council vote to remove an elected official from office. At their November 19 meeting, Council President Paul Cook read what he called vulgar and inappropriate language used by elected officials toward city employees.

Shannon says the ordinance is being used to quiet people with different opinions than Mayor Rusty Hike and claims recalling Welch would make no need for the ordinance.