DIRECTIVE — MEDIA INTERACTIONEffective immediately, all interaction with the news media by any Department directors or any staff member of any city department regarding matters of City government will first be reviewed and approved by the Mayor's Chief of Staff or the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications
— Stothert memo
Steve LeClair, president of Omaha's Fire Union, cc'd some reporters on a memo asking for "clarification," in which he also opined:
Omaha Fire Chief Mike McDonnell, whose inability to be easily fired by Stothert is probably eating her alive and may have driven her to find a way to muzzle him, bailed on a scheduled interview with Nebraska Watchdog; KMTV, which was set to interview McDonnell about a new fire class that Stothert said had not been budgeted for, said he canceled on them too, and they haven't been able to contact him since.
"I have immediate concern that a Mayor who campaigned on a platform of, among other things, transparency in government has taken the position of 'circle the wagons and everyone keep your mouths shut' within 48 hours of being sworn in."
Omaha Fire Union President Steve LeClair (left, KETV)
and Fire Chief Mike McDonnell (City of Omaha).
McDonnell recently fired Jean Stothert's husband
AKSARBENT suggests they look in Hong Kong.