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Broken Bow mayoral recall election moves forward as planned

(NTV News)
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A recall election for Broken Bow's mayor will move forward as planned, after city officials said the mayor initially refused to sign a recall resolution.

City officials said Mayor Jon Berghorst had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to veto the recall resolution, but the clock ticked by without a veto.

That means the recall election set by the city council at their Nov. 12 meeting will take place on Jan. 14.

Court records show Jon Berghorst is scheduled for a Jan. 29 jury trial for the two misdemeanors of third-degree assault and oppression under the color of office.

The charges stem from incidents back in April. Berghorst is accused of injuring a man during an April 6 fight. Court records say the mayor later used his position in attempt "to injure, deceive, harm, or oppress another person: Broken Bow Police Officer David Taylor."

A grievance document filed by another officer, Ben Tucker, says Berghorst was belligerent and didn't cooperate with the police investigation and threatened Taylor's employment by asking Taylor, "Do you like your job?"

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Another grievance was filed by Broken Bow's electrical superintendent, saying Berghorst created a hostile work environment and interfered with workers' duties.

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