The latest shoe to drop in Omaha’s troubled search for a new school superintendent now finds three top public officials all squarely in the same bulls-eye.
The three are School Board President Freddie Gray, her husband City Councilman Ben Gray, and State Senator Brenda Council.As Freddie Gray waits for the school board to decide if she’ll keep the president’s job—that decision is expected next Monday—her husband and Council will wait for the voters to weigh in.
Ben Gray’s council job—he’s up for re-election next spring— could be at risk because of his actions at Monday’s school board meeting (see video below).
Gray, who was sitting in the audience, became upset when a member of the public criticized his wife. Gray confronted the man.
Nebraska Watchdog has tried to contact Gray but he has not responded.
As for Council her battle with former Sen. Ernie Chambers—who held the District 11 seat on Omaha’s near north side for some 40 years—took a key turn last week when Chambers called for Freddie Gray’s resignation in light of the latest chapter of the Nancy Sebring saga.
Ben Gray is a strong supporter of Council’s re-election. Several years ago Gray and Chambers, who were once close political allies, had a falling out over the future of OPS.
When news surfaced that Freddie Gray and OPS’ attorney apparently withheld information about the sexy emails that led to the resignation of superintendent-to-be Sebring, Chambers pounced and demanded that Gray resign because she failed to tell the rest of the board what she knew.
Nebraska Watchdog has asked Council if Gray should resign. Council has yet to respond.
Chambers and Council go back before the voters on Election Day.
During the May 15 Primary Election, Chambers came out on top defeating Council by 147 votes, 53-47 percent.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: to subscribe to News Updates from Nebraska Watchdog at no cost, click here