The Grand Island City Council has voted against trying to oust Mayor Jay Vavricek.
The council decided at its meeting Tuesday night not to proceed with a misconduct hearing. Council members listened to public testimony that largely supported the mayor. Members then debated whether to seek his dismissal from office. A majority finally voted against the proposal.
Councilwoman Peg Gilbert said “the charge doesn’t fit the crime.” She voted against the misconduct hearing.
Councilman Mike Paulick had filed the misconduct charge against Vavricek. It cites Vavricek’s drunken-driving arrest on March 2 in nearby Howard County.
Vavricek pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was fined $500.