GI City Attorney Says He Won't Handle Vavricek Case

Mayor Jay Vavricek

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- The city attorney for Grand Island says he'll hire another lawyer to handle the prosecution if the City Council proceeds with a misconduct charge against Mayor Jay Vavricek.

The city code covering removal of the mayor specifies that the city attorney would be the prosecutor. But City Attorney Bob Sivick says he would have a conflict of interest because his clients include the mayor, the city and the City Council.

Sivick says he's lined up an attorney from the Omaha suburb of Ralston to do the job if the council decides at its meeting Tuesday night to move forward against the mayor.

The misconduct charge cites Vavricek's drunken-driving arrest on March 2. Vavricek pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was fined.