Grievance Filed Against Broken Bow Mayor Jonathon Berghorst

BROKEN BOW—A grievance concerning unprofessionalism and abuse of power has been filed against the Mayor of Broken Bow, Jonathon Berghorst.

After an April 6 incident involving Mayor Berghorst, Officer Ben Tucker filed a formal letter of grievance with the Broken Bow Police Department. KCNI/KBBN followed the channels necessary to obtain records from the City of Broken Bow. The formal grievance can be found below.

The formal letter of grievance outlines the events that took place on April 6 regarding an alleged assault in the alleyway behind Broken Bow Legends Neighborhood Grill and the questioning conducted by Officer Tucker, Officer David Taylor, and Chief Steve Scott.

The letter says officers arrived at Mayor Berghorst’s residence where Officer Tucker described the Mayor as being “uncooperative and intimidating in nature, by puffing out his chest on multiple occasions, and asking me if I knew who he was.” Officer Tucker also outlines in the letter that Mayor Berghorst threatened Officer Taylor with his job by asking, “Do you like your job?”

Officer Tucker concluded the formal letter of grievance by saying that Mayor Berghorst showed unprofessionalism throughout the contact and abused the scope of his position.

KCNI/KBBN contacted City Council President Rod Sonnichsen regarding the incident who said, “it’s very important to have transparency” in this type of situation. Sonnichsen continued by saying there are six steps that must be followed when a grievance is filed.

KCNI/KBBN also reached out to Mayor Berghorst who was not immediately available for comment.

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