Showing posts with label Oltmans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oltmans. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Righteous Indignation of Liars

Yesterday we reminisced a little about Mayor Suttle's judgment when it comes to his love to work with those who have been accused of abuse (Matt Samp) and those who have been fired for lying to their public employers (Steve Oltmans).

Today we return to days of yore in 2009 after than Omaha City Councilman had his stroke.    Sigerson's presence on the council was no doubt a thorn in the butt of Suttle, Oltmans, Councilman Chris Jerram,Councilman Gernandt and others in the mayor's administration.   So rather than wait to see whether the much beloved councilman would fully recover, the Suttle 'organization' went to work to oust Sigerson before it became apparent to him and his family that his recovery wouldn't be as full as hoped.  

Actions say a great deal about folks, so we thought we might share with you another example that defines those involved and seeking re-election in May:

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Righteous Indignation of Liars

We are most amused at the righteous indignation of Councilman Jerram, who apparently finally got his story straight in his own mind such that he was willing to talk to the press today. Seems he couldn't be found yesterday after he got caught with his pants down trying to kick a man (Sigerson) when he was down.

The righteous indignation of the mayor is equally amusing since we now have reports from several folks who have heard him opine about his desire to get Sigerson removed as quickly as possible so that he (Suttle) could move his agenda.

We repeat our assertion that both of these guys are absolute liars. They've been backtracking and trying to cover up their clandestine effort and now act like they are the victims. Had it not been for the several sources who revealed the scheme and the bravery of Tom Becka of KFAB to take the issue public, next Tuesday might very well have been Councilman Sigerson's last day in office.

If these guys, along with Council President Gernandt, Chief of Staff Oltmans and Communications Director Gerard want to prove their innocence, integrity and lack of simple prevarication in this incident we'd suggest as we did last night that they take a polygraph test. They won't because they know they'd fail it!

As for Councilman Jerram accusing our staff at the Objective Conservative of being cyber-bullies, we can barely wait to hear the monotonic bloviation he threatens to deliver at next week's council meeting. We'll be there to watch him make a fool of himself and his already special interest, conflict of interest, lying image as he feigns outrage and drones on for what will no doubt be an interminable and agonizing length of time.

And as to Jerram's suggesting that our revelation of the facts is sinful, we'd simply suggest that it is he, Councilman Jerram, that needs to seek the sacrifice of Penance as soon as possible. After his vote on Fahey Street, we suspect Creighton's Father Schlegel might make special arrangements for a quick confession.

Here is what Channel 6 carried earlier today:

"A blog called “Objective Conservative” accuses democrat, Chris Jerram, of “leading the charge to replace Sigerson.”

However, Jerram told Channel 6 News there is absolutely no truth to that allegation. "The people who are spreading those rumors are not only engaging in very deceitful and dishonest endeavors, but it's hurtful, sinful."

As far as the resolution to save Sigerson’s seat, Jerram says, "I am totally supportive of it. I think that Council member Sigerson has given the city many, many years of his service, and he deserves to take as much time as he needs to recover."
Jerram says the blogger is a “cyber bully” who simply makes things up, including an allegation that the mayor is “actively working to remove Chuck.”
To that, Mayor
Jim Suttle says, "If we start running ourselves on gossip an innuendos instead of facts, we're in trouble."
Suttle added, his most important priorities right now are the budget shortfall and the police and firefighter pension
funds, key to their successful contract negotiations.
“I’d love to have Chuck Sigerson get back on the council. He had a major hand in the Bates task force in shaping the alternatives to get this thing staged,” Suttle said. “I want him back on that council so he can vote yes on his idea that we’re bringing in on the details of these two contracts.”

Suttle says the blog may have provided fodder for talk radio, but has no factual basis.
Jerram adds, "There's someone, or some bodies, that are spreading a rumor for whatever reason that have gotten a lot of people riled up. And I think they'll find out on Tuesday that they got me riled up, too."
For the full story, you can click on: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/70567877.html

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mayor's Spokesman Lies to Media

Yes, that is right. Mayor Suttle's Spokesman, Ron Gerard, lied to the media yesterday when he said the mayor was supportive of allowing Chuck Sigerson's seat to remain vacant until he returns to the council or until the six month period allowed in the charter runs out.

As we wrote yesterday, Suttle has actively sought to get some leading members of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce to join him by hastening Sigerson's removal from the council. We have confirmed this from two independent sources, one of them being a councilman. So despite what Mayor Suttle has told the media and despite what his spokesman has told the media, their sympathetic statements that they are wishing Sigerson well and await his return are no more than downright lies.

Perhaps, someone should ask the mayor's public-trust breaking chief of Staff (You recall he was fired by the Missouri-Papio NRD for breach of public trust for lying to his board about an affair) Steve Oltmans what he was talking about behind closed doors in various city councilmen's offices on Tuesday. Let's make it clear--it was about the Mayor's scheme to remove Sigerson after the end of November.

THEY LIE AND THEY'VE BEEN CAUGHT! WHAT AN OUTRAGE!

Monday, April 8, 2013

When It Comes To Mayor Suttle's Shameful Friends Nothing Matters

Over the last few days, some have questioned the fact that Mayor Suttle has resorted to using his disgraced friend, former-almost-co-chief-of staff' Matt Samp in his campaign retention/re-election efforts.    Yes, Mayor Suttle promised good judgment and told folks that Samp was out even before he began back in 2009, but it seems that didn't keep the Mayor from spending his campaign dollars in employing him.   So much for keeping promises and showing good judgment. 

BUT WAIT (as they would say in those late night commercials), Look at the Mayor's Chief of Staff Steve Oltmans.   To summarize the article written below nearly 4 years ago, the Mayor's chief of staff is nothing but a scumbag who cheated on his wife, had an affair with a board member of the PUBLIC ENTITY he managed and drew his salary from, and lied to that PUBLICLY ELECTED BOARD and subsequently was FIRED FOR LYING TO THAT BOARD.  

And yet, using the same judgment he showed in hiring Matt Samp, he hired this disgraced, discredited scumbag who continues to draw his income from public tax dollars...

See our May 2009 commentary below:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Appointment of Oltmans - Bad Judgement By Suttle

Mayor-elect Suttle made his first few appointments late yesterday announcing two Chiefs of Staff, Steve Oltmans for operations and Matt Samp for external community issues or something like that. If the appointment of Oltmans is any example of the judgement and decision making we can expect from Suttle the City of Omaha is in real trouble.

While the local daily may have glossed over it, the fact is that Oltmans was fired from his position at the Papio Missouri River NRD, not because of a long-term affair, but because of a long-term affair with a board member whose vote he influenced in at least one decision and because he lied to the board.

Oltmans had his chance at public service. He disrespected his wife and family. He entered into an unethical relationship with a board member of an organization he worked for. He created a conflict of interest for that board member and for himself. His employees were affected by his behavior. He lied to the board. His actions affected the image of the governmental institution that he worked for. The record keeping under Oltmans was lax. Suttle's choice of Oltmans, who is admittedly a talented guy, sends the wrong message. Can he be trusted to represent the best interests of the mayor and the city of Omaha--ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Here some of what the Omaha World Herald had to say in April 2006:

"The board will meet in executive session at NRD headquarters to discuss Steve Oltmans' future and the affair he had with former board member Barb Nichols."

"In the statement to his staff, Oltmans admitted that he had initially misled some board members before telling them the truth."
"Board members told The World-Herald that it was not so much the affair that has troubled them. Oltmans jeopardized his credibility with the board, they say, by misleading them.
"There are some pretty upset board members. No one likes to be lied to," said board member Tim Fowler, who represents southern Douglas County. "But that's just one piece of the puzzle."
Fowler and board member Rich Tesar also want Oltmans' expense account audited to be sure he didn't spend natural resources district money on Nichols."

"Nichols said Tuesday that she and Oltmans have been seeing each other since the late 1990s, including her time on the board from 2001 until 2005. Oltmans is 62; Nichols is 54.
She said she accompanied him on numerous NRD outings in the Omaha area and, while on the board, joined him on an NRD-related trip to Minneapolis."

"Some board members said they long suspected an affair.""Jansen said board members decided to raise the issue with Oltmans in January after receiving complaints from staff that he was becoming short-tempered. The relationship with Nichols, staff members suspected, might be the reason."
"It was at that meeting that Oltmans denied the affair, Jansen said."

"When Nichols learned that Oltmans had denied the relationship, she provided board members evidence, specifically two pictures, one of the couple on the Minneapolis trip, the other of Oltmans helping her assemble her campaign signs."

"A group of board members met again with Oltmans this week and confronted him about the pictures as well as his cell phone logs. At that point, Oltmans acknowledged the relationship, Jansen said."

"A board member said the board could fire Oltmans based on a contract provision allowing termination for "unprofessional conduct which interferes substantially with the continued performance of the duties of general manager."
"Jansen said the board is facing a difficult decision."

"Nichols has had her own share of troubles, including family legal battles and financial difficulties because she has no income. She also has had several shoplifting convictions."


"Oltmans, she said, has helped her with groceries, meals and gasoline."

"The NRD has become an important part of her life, she said. Even though she lost a bid for re-election two years ago, she has continued to attend meetings and join board members in their post- meeting discussions over pizza."

"Other board members say they want to know if Oltmans used his relationship with Nichols to influence her vote."

"Nichols said she remained independent of Oltmans' influence, casting only one vote at his specific request. That was to allow the Omaha Public Power District to build a high-voltage power line along the Keystone Trail."

"Hers was the swing vote that would have allowed the project to go forward had the utility not changed its mind."

After Oltmans was fired the State of Nebraska audited the NRD records. Among their findings, was:

"The organization's procedures were definitely lax, audit officials said. Expense records were incomplete, and taxable- expense-income rules set down by the IRS were violated. The NRD, State Auditor Kate Witek said, was not unique among government agencies in suffering from such accounting problems."

'The investigation was instigated by NRD board members after the district's former executive director, Steve Oltmans, was found to be having an affair with former board member Barb Nichols. Questions were raised about his expense accounts. Oltmans was fired '
'Board Chairman Jim Thompson rightly characterized the audit findings as minor, though the board already has wisely revised its policies to prevent similar problems in the future
Perhaps board members can now begin to put this distasteful episode behind them. The whole incident has tarnished the NRD's image and dented its credibility. For many years, its reputation was outstanding."


The implications for the board's most important projects, among them a controversial proposal for up to 29 dams in the Papio Creek watershed to prevent downstream flooding, are uncertain. Opponents of the dam project are likely to seize on the accounting errors as a reason to distrust the board's decisions and question its word.

The NRD is facing a critical time as it tries to initiate plans for the future of flood control in the Omaha metropolitan area. For the good of the community, it should work hard to overcome the mistakes of the past."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mayor Fraternizes with Firefighters?

Mayor Fraternizing?

We've received a number of calls regarding the Mayor and his chief of staff regarding a reported stop at firefighter hang-out McFlys after the mayor's final budget townhall on Monday night. We are told that they were seen hugging and drinking with union chief Steve LeClair and fire department members. But, of course, this wouldn't have anything to do with the mayor's refusal to address the outrageous give-aways to the firefighters in their union contract.

Tell us the truth, mayor. Were you there?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Let's Help Suttle Raise Taxes

If you've listened to the incompetent excuse of a person we call our mayor, Jim Suttle, over the last few days you've probably heard him whining in front of an orchestrated group of his underlings that Omaha's snow removal problems are a result of the failure of the city council to pass an entertainment tax or raise taxes in general which seems to have become his mantra.

Well, we have suggested this before, but maybe he wasn't reading or hearing. (Maybe, like Judas Nelson, he was waiting for Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi or that other guy to tell him what to do next.) In any event, we wonder why this tax happy incompetent hasn't brought forth a bag tax?

Just think how he could sell this:
  • A new tax!

  • Get those Walmart bags off the street

  • A new tax!

  • Stop those bags from clogging our sewers

  • A new tax!

  • Promote green business in Omaha

  • A new tax!

  • 'Make' more Omahans environmentally conscious

  • A new tax

Yep, this could raise city revenue by millions and he could even blame it on us. It wouldn't require an act of the legislature and Suttle could probably get four votes from the council after someone gave Ron Gerard and Steve Oltmans the right talking points.

As we've noted before, His Incompetence might also consider a can and bottle tax for all of the same reasons.

We shouldn't have written this because we are sure that his clueless, uncreative administration will quickly jump on it. After all how can you not support a tax increase?

Check out what Washington, D.C. has done at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/01/AR2010010101673.html?wpisrc=newsletter

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Righteous Indignation of Liars

We are most amused at the righteous indignation of Councilman Jerram, who apparently finally got his story straight in his own mind such that he was willing to talk to the press today. Seems he couldn't be found yesterday after he got caught with his pants down trying to kick a man (Sigerson) when he was down.

The righteous indignation of the mayor is equally amusing since we now have reports from several folks who have heard him opine about his desire to get Sigerson removed as quickly as possible so that he (Suttle) could move his agenda.

We repeat our assertion that both of these guys are absolute liars. They've been backtracking and trying to cover up their clandestine effort and now act like they are the victims. Had it not been for the several sources who revealed the scheme and the bravery of Tom Becka of KFAB to take the issue public, next Tuesday might very well have been Councilman Sigerson's last day in office.

If these guys, along with Council President Gernandt, Chief of Staff Oltmans and Communications Director Gerard want to prove their innocence, integrity and lack of simple prevarication in this incident we'd suggest as we did last night that they take a polygraph test. They won't because they know they'd fail it!

As for Councilman Jerram accusing our staff at the Objective Conservative of being cyber-bullies, we can barely wait to hear the monotonic bloviation he threatens to deliver at next week's council meeting. We'll be there to watch him make a fool of himself and his already special interest, conflict of interest, lying image as he feigns outrage and drones on for what will no doubt be an interminable and agonizing length of time.

And as to Jerram's suggesting that our revelation of the facts is sinful, we'd simply suggest that it is he, Councilman Jerram, that needs to seek the sacrifice of Penance as soon as possible. After his vote on Fahey Street, we suspect Creighton's Father Schlegel might make special arrangements for a quick confession.

Here is what Channel 6 carried earlier today:

"A blog called “Objective Conservative” accuses democrat, Chris Jerram, of “leading the charge to replace Sigerson.”

However, Jerram told Channel 6 News there is absolutely no truth to that allegation. "The people who are spreading those rumors are not only engaging in very deceitful and dishonest endeavors, but it's hurtful, sinful."

As far as the resolution to save Sigerson’s seat, Jerram says, "I am totally supportive of it. I think that Council member Sigerson has given the city many, many years of his service, and he deserves to take as much time as he needs to recover."

Jerram says the blogger is a “cyber bully” who simply makes things up, including an allegation that the mayor is “actively working to remove Chuck.”

To that, Mayor Jim Suttle says, "If we start running ourselves on gossip an innuendos instead of facts, we're in trouble."

Suttle added, his most important priorities right now are the budget shortfall and the police and firefighter pension funds, key to their successful contract negotiations.

“I’d love to have Chuck Sigerson get back on the council. He had a major hand in the Bates task force in shaping the alternatives to get this thing staged,” Suttle said. “I want him back on that council so he can vote yes on his idea that we’re bringing in on the details of these two contracts.”

Suttle says the blog may have provided fodder for talk radio, but has no factual basis.

Jerram adds, "There's someone, or some bodies, that are spreading a rumor for whatever reason that have gotten a lot of people riled up. And I think they'll find out on Tuesday that they got me riled up, too."

For the full story, you can click on: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/70567877.html

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mayor's Spokesman Lies to Media

Yes, that is right. Mayor Suttle's Spokesman, Ron Gerard, lied to the media yesterday when he said the mayor was supportive of allowing Chuck Sigerson's seat to remain vacant until he returns to the council or until the six month period allowed in the charter runs out.

As we wrote yesterday, Suttle has actively sought to get some leading members of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce to join him by hastening Sigerson's removal from the council. We have confirmed this from two independent sources, one of them being a councilman. So despite what Mayor Suttle has told the media and despite what his spokesman has told the media, their sympathetic statements that they are wishing Sigerson well and await his return are no more than downright lies.

Perhaps, someone should ask the mayor's public-trust breaking chief of Staff (You recall he was fired by the Missouri-Papio NRD for breach of public trust for lying to his board about an affair) Steve Oltmans what he was talking about behind closed doors in various city councilmen's offices on Tuesday. Let's make it clear--it was about the Mayor's scheme to remove Sigerson after the end of November.

THEY LIE AND THEY'VE BEEN CAUGHT! WHAT AN OUTRAGE!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Appointment of Oltmans - Bad Judgement By Suttle

Mayor-elect Suttle made his first few appointments late yesterday announcing two Chiefs of Staff, Steve Oltmans for operations and Matt Samp for external community issues or something like that. If the appointment of Oltmans is any example of the judgement and decision making we can expect from Suttle the City of Omaha is in real trouble.

While the local daily may have glossed over it, the fact is that Oltmans was fired from his position at the Papio Missouri River NRD, not because of a long-term affair, but because of a long-term affair with a board member whose vote he influenced in at least one decision and because he lied to the board.

Oltmans had his chance at public service. He disrespected his wife and family. He entered into an unethical relationship with a board member of an organization he worked for. He created a conflict of interest for that board member and for himself. His employees were affected by his behavior. He lied to the board. His actions affected the image of the governmental institution that he worked for. The record keeping under Oltmans was lax. Suttle's choice of Oltmans, who is admittedly a talented guy, sends the wrong message. Can he be trusted to represent the best interests of the mayor and the city of Omaha--ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Here some of what the Omaha World Herald had to say in April 2006:

"The board will meet in executive session at NRD headquarters to discuss Steve Oltmans' future and the affair he had with former board member Barb Nichols."

"In the statement to his staff, Oltmans admitted that he had initially misled some board members before telling them the truth."

"Board members told The World-Herald that it was not so much the affair that has troubled them. Oltmans jeopardized his credibility with the board, they say, by misleading them.
"There are some pretty upset board members. No one likes to be lied to," said board member Tim Fowler, who represents southern Douglas County. "But that's just one piece of the puzzle."
Fowler and board member Rich Tesar also want Oltmans' expense account audited to be sure he didn't spend natural resources district money on Nichols."


"Nichols said Tuesday that she and Oltmans have been seeing each other since the late 1990s, including her time on the board from 2001 until 2005. Oltmans is 62; Nichols is 54.
She said she accompanied him on numerous NRD outings in the Omaha area and, while on the board, joined him on an NRD-related trip to Minneapolis."


"Some board members said they long suspected an affair."

"Jansen said board members decided to raise the issue with Oltmans in January after receiving complaints from staff that he was becoming short-tempered. The relationship with Nichols, staff members suspected, might be the reason."


"It was at that meeting that Oltmans denied the affair, Jansen said."


"When Nichols learned that Oltmans had denied the relationship, she provided board members evidence, specifically two pictures, one of the couple on the Minneapolis trip, the other of Oltmans helping her assemble her campaign signs."


"A group of board members met again with Oltmans this week and confronted him about the pictures as well as his cell phone logs. At that point, Oltmans acknowledged the relationship, Jansen said."


"A board member said the board could fire Oltmans based on a contract provision allowing termination for "unprofessional conduct which interferes substantially with the continued performance of the duties of general manager."

"Jansen said the board is facing a difficult decision."

"Nichols has had her own share of troubles, including family legal battles and financial difficulties because she has no income. She also has had several shoplifting convictions."


"Oltmans, she said, has helped her with groceries, meals and gasoline."

"The NRD has become an important part of her life, she said. Even though she lost a bid for re-election two years ago, she has continued to attend meetings and join board members in their post- meeting discussions over pizza."

"Other board members say they want to know if Oltmans used his relationship with Nichols to influence her vote."

"Nichols said she remained independent of Oltmans' influence, casting only one vote at his specific request. That was to allow the Omaha Public Power District to build a high-voltage power line along the Keystone Trail."

"Hers was the swing vote that would have allowed the project to go forward had the utility not changed its mind."


After Oltmans was fired the State of Nebraska audited the NRD records. Among their findings, was:

"The organization's procedures were definitely lax, audit officials said. Expense records were incomplete, and taxable- expense-income rules set down by the IRS were violated. The NRD, State Auditor Kate Witek said, was not unique among government agencies in suffering from such accounting problems."

'The investigation was instigated by NRD board members after the district's former executive director, Steve Oltmans, was found to be having an affair with former board member Barb Nichols. Questions were raised about his expense accounts. Oltmans was fired '

'Board Chairman Jim Thompson rightly characterized the audit findings as minor, though the board already has wisely revised its policies to prevent similar problems in the future
Perhaps board members can now begin to put this distasteful episode behind them. The whole incident has tarnished the NRD's image and dented its credibility. For many years, its reputation was outstanding."


The implications for the board's most important projects, among them a controversial proposal for up to 29 dams in the Papio Creek watershed to prevent downstream flooding, are uncertain. Opponents of the dam project are likely to seize on the accounting errors as a reason to distrust the board's decisions and question its word.

The NRD is facing a critical time as it tries to initiate plans for the future of flood control in the Omaha metropolitan area. For the good of the community, it should work hard to overcome the mistakes of the past."