Grand Island council does not oust Vavricek

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) _ The Grand Island City Council has voted against trying to oust Mayor Jay Vavricek (vav-RAH'-chehk).

The council decided at its meeting Tuesday night not to proceed with a misconduct hearing. Council members listened to public testimony that largely supported the mayor. Members then debated whether to seek his dismissal from office. A majority finally voted against the proposal.

Councilwoman Peg Gilbert said ``the charge doesn't fit the crime.'' She voted against the misconduct hearing.

Councilman Mike Paulick had filed the misconduct charge against Vavricek. It cites Vavricek's drunken-driving arrest on March 2 in nearby Howard County.

Vavricek pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was fined $500.

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