Elkhorn Township board member agrees to repay improper raise

By: - January 25, 2022 3:30 am

LINCOLN — A rural Dodge County township board member has agreed to repay an additional $11,000 to the Elkhorn Township to settle a complaint that board members had unlawfully voted themselves salary increases during the 2019 floods.

 An investigation by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission found that the three members of the Elkhorn Township Board had voted themselves pay raises of $1,000 a week after flooding damaged township roads. Their normal pay was $600 a year.

State laws prohibit elected officials from using their office for personal financial gain.

On Friday, the accountability commission approved a settlement agreement with Jeremy Moss to pay back an additional $11,000 to the township. In December 2020, Moss — who has said he didn’t intend to break any laws — agreed to pay back $22,000, but further investigation found Moss had received an additional 11 weeks of the increased pay, thus a payback of an extra $11,000.

One other township board member agreed to pay back the $33,000 last year. A third board member has not yet reached a settlement with the accountability commission.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.