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Mayor Jean Stothert | City of Omaha

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Photo of Omaha Mayor Jean StothertOmaha Mayor Jean Stothert is in her second term as Mayor of Omaha. First elected in 2013, and re-elected in May 2017, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city's first woman to be elected to the office.

Mayor Stothert's priorities are public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development and improving the taxpayer experience -- so that every citizen receives excellent customer service when they interact with city government.

In her first term, Mayor Stothert reduced the property tax rate twice, improved city services, worked with the Omaha City Council to grow the city's population and tax base through annexation and increased funding for the police department to hire dozens of new officers. In  2018-19, 40 more officers will be hired bringing the total to 900. This historic high number of officers is helping to make Omaha safer and establishing one of the best large-city police departments in the country.

Since Mayor Stothert took office, the City of Omaha has issued 61,000 building permits for a total value of $3.2 billion, demonstrating the strength of Omaha's economy.

Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.

In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.

When the Stotherts' two children, Elizabeth and Andrew, were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.

Jean and Joe have been married 37 years. Joe currently works as a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine.

Elizabeth Stothert Leddy is a graduate of Creighton University and earned an MBA from Bellevue University. She and her husband Tom live in Washington, D.C.  Andrew received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. He currently is a Science Policy Fellow at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Andrew and his wife Alana were married in 2015.

Mayor Stothert believes in open, transparent government and gets the most satisfaction from helping people solve problems.