Sarpy County treasurer ousted

PAPILLION, Neb. -- The Sarpy County Treasurer was thrown out of office Monday, but the fight appears far from over.

Under fire for the last several months— accused of mismanaging an office that handles millions of taxpayers dollars— Brian Zuger was ousted by a unanimous 5-0 vote of the county board.

The vote followed a day-long hearing, much of which centered around a report from the Nebraska State Auditor which raised serious questions about Zuger's handling of $12.5 dollars in what were described as "miscalculations."

The county board is convinced that state law gives the board the authority to remove the Treasurer.

Zuger's attorney says the board does not have that authority and is expected to appeal the decision in court.

The board has 45 days to name a full-time replacement for Zuger who will serve the remainder of Zuger's term which is up in January of 2023.

In the meantime Tracy Jones has been named interim Treasurer.