Government
6:43 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Commission allows Omaha mayor's aide to be armed

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's chief of staff has been given the OK to carry a concealed handgun in the City-County Building.

The administrator of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission granted the request for Chief of Staff Marty Bilek, who served for 38 years with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

He retired from his position as chief deputy to accept the position with Stothert.

Although federal law lets retired officers carry concealed weapons, Stothert had to seek approval because the City-County Building doesn't allow weapons.

Stothert called it "another layer of caution."

She says Bilek will carry a 9 mm handgun that he has owned for 25 years. Bilek will buy his own bullets for the gun.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press