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Mayor Jean Stothert

Omaha 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, job growth and economic development, improving our roadways, managing the city budget, and improving the taxpayer experience when interacting with city government.

Mayor Stothert has reduced the property tax rate twice, improved city services, and worked with the Omaha City Council to grow the city’s population and tax base through annexation.  Through her leadership and that of the Omaha Police Department nearly 100 additional police officers have been added since Mayor Stothert was first elected.  A record high 900 officers are helping to make Omaha safer and are one of the best large-city police departments in the country.

Earlier this year, Mayor Stothert proposed a significant, long-term program to improve the condition of Omaha’s roads.  The bond issue to approve the program, and the required funding, were voted on by the public in the spring of 2020.  Both questions passed overwhelmingly, receiving 72% and 63% of the vote.  After decades of underfunding for this important city obligation, the new program has already begun and allows the city to double the amount of road repairs every year well into the future. 

Mayor Stothert worked closely with numerous officials to communicate decisions and directives in response to the worldwide pandemic.  She also negotiated with the State of Nebraska and Douglas County to obtain $60 million of funding to help address City of Omaha budget issues related to COVID-19.  This successful effort prevented significant cuts in city services.

Since Mayor Stothert took office, the City of Omaha has issued more than 118,000 building permits for a total value of $5.8 billion, demonstrating the strength of Omaha’s economy.

She serves on the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Board of Directors and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She is the honorary Chair of the Omaha Sister Cities Association and Co-Chair of the Smart Cities Initiative.

more aboutMayor Jean Stothert

From St. Louis to Omaha

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.

A start to community involvement

When the Stotherts' children 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.

Joining Omaha City Council

In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council with 65% of the vote to represent District 5 in southwest Omaha.

At home

Jean and Joe have been married 40 years. Joe currently works as a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine. The Stotherts have two children and three grandchildren. Their son Andrew and his wife Alana have one son, Calvin. Their daughter Elizabeth and her husband Tom have two sons, Raymond and Max. Mayor Stothert believes in open, transparent government and gets the most satisfaction from helping people solve problems.

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