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Dodge County Attorney resigning amid controversy

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 18:52:32-05

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) — Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass submitted his resignation Wednesday following a string of troubles over the last year. According to our partners at the Omaha World-Herald and confirmed by 3 News Now, the resignation is effective as of March 1.

Glass has served as the county attorney for ten years. He was placed on 15 months of probation for a DUI in March of 2020. In January of this year, he tested positive for alcohol during a routine urine test while still on probation. Later in January he failed a breath test for alcohol use and was jailed for violating his probation.

In addition to alcohol misuse, in March Glass sent a series of crude text messages to Nathan Schany, a man his estranged wife was dating.

The text messages were intimidating in tone and Schany said that texts and phone calls from Glass contributed to a mental health crisis during which he threatened suicide and spent six days in in-patient psychiatric care. Glass denies those allegations.

According to the World-Herald, prosecutors are alleging that Glass violated his probation three times. They are also investigating an incident in December in which Glass's pickup truck was damaged in a crash, but he didn't report it for several hours.

Glass's attorney Clarence Mock told the World-Herald that his client was not asked to resign in March following the first incidents and that these were "unfortunate mistakes" that resulted from Glass's alcoholism.

If convicted of violating probation, Glass could face 60 days in jail.

A release from Glass's office on Wednesday afternoon read:

Oliver Glass has resigned as the Dodge County Attorney, effective March 1, 2021. The Dodge County Board of Supervisors accepted his resignation during the February 10, 2021 Board Meeting. At the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board will begin the process of finding a replacement for the remainder of Mr. Glass' unexpired term. This means the Board will likely post the position as vacant, receive applications, and conduct formal interviews. Through this process the Board will determine the best candidate to fill the position. The appointed position would run until the next election at the end of 2022. Sara Sopinski, the Chief Deputy county Attorney, is the interim Dodge County Attorney until the Board finds a replacement for Glass. The next Dodge County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on February 24, 2021, at 9 a.m.
Dodge County Attorney, Oliver J. Glass