The Reuben Press got an exclusive interview with Mayor Jean Stothert. We talked about fires, police, lunch and the future of Omaha.
The Reuben Press: Congrats on becoming the first female mayor of Omaha. How does that feel?
Mayor Stothert: Sometimes sticky, sometimes salty, but mostly sticky. I don't think of it in terms of male or female mayor. Most of the time I don't think about the position at all.
RP: What new changes should we see in your first year as mayor?
MS: Well, I do have this powder blue dress that I just bought. I think I might wear that when I fire the fire chief. Ha, fire the fire chief. I crack me up!
RP: I was thinking more on the lines of policies you promised to change during your campaign. Like repeal the restaurant tax and the LGBT ordinance?
MS: Yeah, um... I yeah, it is a really nice dress that goes well with my eyes. Don't you think I have nice eyes. Gladis, at my weekly Bunko game says she has better eyes then me. I don't think so Gladis. I am the mayor.
RP: Moving on, you talked about making changes to the fire and police department. What did you have in mind?
MS: Well first off, I am the mayor. This is not the fire department's changes or the police department's changes, but the mayor's changes. So, I would like to see more rescuing of pets out of trees. I think if we see a lot more of that, then the crime will just disappear. It makes sense in my brain so let's do it.
RP: Finally, what did you have for lunch today?
MS: Let's see. I swallowed my pride and a diet coke.
RP: Ok, thanks for having us.
MS: Thanks for agreeing with me. I hate it when the press is all mean and judge mcjudgie.