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Mayor: Chief Elbert "a good fit" for Bellevue city job

Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 19:17:33-05

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Bellevue residents want to know why the current police chief will soon jump to a high paying city job.

In 2017, a major rift happened between Bellevue Chief Mark Elbert and the Bellevue Police Union over administrative and investigative interference. He was accused of making derogatory comments toward minorities and women.

He's been back on the job since September 2018 and starting next year he'll retire as chief and become the Bellevue Community Development Director.

He'll make $136,000 a year in the new position, and about $80,000 a year when his police pension starts when he’s 55 years old.

Mayor Rusty Hike says nothing was resolved from the entire situation.

"I think it was mismanaged by not just the city at the time. Probably the police representatives, the city, the chief himself. Everybody's defending themselves and when you do it for a long time like that that makes it really difficult to come up with a solution for everybody," Mayor Hike explained.

Elbert will retire from the police department Dec 31, 2019 and will start the new position in 2020.